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Natural Health, Issue #007 -- Healthy Whole Grains
July 23, 2011

The Healthiest Whole Grains

As a Naturopath, I think that one of the most important dietary tips I give my clients, is to replace refined grains with healthier whole grain choices. Many don't realize that even white rice is a grain that is unhealthy and refined. Also, most packaged foods, cereals, breads, pasta, etc, are made with refined grains.

At the end of the day, that accounts for a lot of food that spike blood sugar levels way up, followed by the ensuing crash. These foods are very acidifying, leaching calcium and minerals from the body. They fill you up with hollow calories, causing you to be hungry again shortly after and eat more.

Brown rice vs white rice

Brown rice is a much healthier choice. High in bran, fiber, minerals and B vitamins (that nourish the nervous system and have a calming effect.) Great for athletes who need good quality carbohydrates the night before a big event. Brown rice will fill you up and give you long lasting, sustained energy.

When white rice is polished, the outer layer is removed. This layer contains the bran, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Some of my clients ask if white basmati rice is better. No, as it is still white rice. Basmati is simply rice that has been left in a cave for 2 years, so it absorbs the basmati flavor and odor.

Quinoa is also a great healthy grain choice. This small seed has the most complete protein of any grain and it cooks in just 15 minutes. It is good hot or cold, added to salads. You can buy it in bulk in any health food store.

What if you're not crazy about the taste of these grains? Simple. Buy some Bragg's Liquid Soy Seasoning. Made from organic, non GMO soy beans and water, this delicious soy sauce contains only naturally occurring sodium with no added salt.

You can buy it in a spray bottle. Spray it on your grains and vegetables and use it anywhere you use salt.

Bon Appetit!

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