Refined grains like white rice are a source of carbohydrates and empty calories with very few essential vitamins and minerals. Also, studies have shown that refined grains have been linked to obesity. You can help meet your personal health goals by making healthy alternative choices and switching to whole grains.
Here’s why whole grains are important. Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel ― the bran, germ, and endosperm. Refined grains have been milled, a process that removes the bran and germ.
The Bran is the fiber-rich outer layer that protects the seed and contains B-vitamins and Trace Minerals. The Endosperm is the middle layer that contains carbohydrates and proteins. The Germ is the small nutrient-rich core that contains antioxidants, vitamin E, B vitamins and healthy fats.
Bulgur wheat is a whole grain that has been cracked, cleaned, parboiled , dried and then ground into various size for faster cooking.
By incorporating whole grain bulgur wheat in your daily diet, you’ll get more than twice the fiber and four times as much folate of brown rice. Bulgur wheat is also half the calories of quinoa, (and you get 8 grams of dietary fiber in one cup of cooked bulgur vs. quinoa which is 5 grams.)
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