The people who preach healthy eating seem to have an endless amount of stamina. And they sometimes drone on longer than a revival tent preacher.
So, yes, you’ve probably already heard the news that whole grains are better for you than white bread, cheddar cheese, French fries, and hamburgers. However, the research on whole grains remains solid. Whole grains have far better nutrients and better fiber, meaning they are vital to a healthy gut and colon. The complex carbs of whole grains take longer to digest, thereby making consumers feel full for longer and helping with weight management.
Whole grains fight diabetes
A 2018 study of over 55,000 individuals found that eating whole grains could also stave off type 2 diabetes. Men in the study decreased their risk of diabetes by about a third and women by close to a quarter.
This study has particular relevance for caregivers of aging parents because the people in the study group were all fifty and older. So, if you can get dad to bypass the white bread and go for the steel cut oats or brown rice, so much the better.
Of course, the scientists who presented the study note that one has to also refrain from eating refined grains such as those found in white pasta, white rice, Danish pastries, cupcakes, white bread, etc.
How do you know it’s a whole grain?
This is where it gets a little tricky. That’s because food distributors are allowed to market foods as “multigrain,” “wheat,” “ancient grains,” “stoneground,” and “enriched flour,” while packing the products with mostly refined white flour. A loaf of “multigrain” or “stone-ground” bread can contain only a small amount of whole grain.
The Whole Grains Council is seeking to make things easier.
]They are putting an easy-to-identify stamp on grain products that quickly identifies them as the real deal. This icon, which is shaped like a postage stamp, identifies an item as “100 percent” or “50 percent” whole grain, making it easy to choose the 100 percenter.
However, featuring the stamp is voluntary in the food industry. You may have to look at the list of ingredients on that bread loaf. If the ingredients list starts with the words, “unbleached enriched flour” or “wheat flour, water, high-fructose corn syrup,” this is not a whole grain product.
Of course, not everyone resonates with a piece of whole-wheat toast for breakfast. If that describes your mother or father, know that there are many other grains out there. Mom or dad might find quinoa tastier. Or you might try getting them to eat barley or millet.
Home care aides can help you in your battle to get your parents to eat better. By taking the time to read labels, these home care professionals can bring home groceries that not only taste good but also bring joy to the table where your parents are sitting. Elderly care professionals, who come to your parents’ homes, can also try out different recipes to see which kind of whole grains is most appealing.
In conclusion, people often roll their eyes at whole grains. But there’s a good chance that a beloved parent or grandparent likes at least one whole grain product. With love, patience, and a little experimentation, you can get your mother or father eating better. And that leads to a longer and better-quality life.
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