Why You Should Eat More Whole-Grains
Most of us know that whole-grains that are high in fiber—an important part of a healthy diet—are better for us than processed grains. Now, a new study shows that whole-grain foods can help promote weight loss in two ways.
First, whole grains—rice, wheat, oats, and barley—increase calorie loss by reducing the number of calories retained during digestion. Second, they also speed up metabolism. Foods like brown rice, oatmeal, and products made with whole-wheat flour contain the entire grain kernel. Processed, or refined grains, like white rice and products made with white flour have been milled to remove the bran and germ to extend their shelf life.
Results of this recent study showed that people who consume whole grains—the recommended daily allowance of fiber—lost an extra 100 calories per day compared to those who consume mostly refined grains and don’t get the recommended amount of dietary fiber. This calorie loss per day is about the same as a quick-paced 30-minute walk.
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