Most people have a rough idea that wholegrain foods are good for you. But did you know that wholegrains really do offer a ‘complete package’ of health benefits? Unlike refined grains, which are stripped of their natural nutrients during the refining process, wholegrains are filled with fiber, plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals, and a plethora of phytochemicals that can improve health. They consist of three parts: the bran, germ, and endosperm. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer and is packed with copper, zinc, magnesium, iron, antioxidants and vitamins. The germ is the core of the seed and is rich in vitamin E, healthy fats, B vitamins, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. The endosperm is the inside layer, made up of carbohydrates, protein, B vitamins and minerals. Sounds pretty good, right? But what exactly are wholegrains and how, precisely, will they help to improve health? Wholegrains explained All grains start life as whole grains. Essentially, they are the entire seed of a plant – the natural state grain. Sometimes referred to as a ‘kernel’, wholegrains are protected by sunlight, pests, water and disease, thanks to an inedible husk. Wholegrains can be eaten on their own – think brown rice and oatmeal – or added to make wholegrain products like bread, breakfast cereals and chapati. They include popular grains like: Barley Buckwheat Corn Millet Oats Quinoa Brown rice Rye Teff Spelt wheat Bulgur wheat Wild rice. And less common grains like: Amaranth Triticale Canary seed Health benefits of wholegrains 1. Preventing heart disease Dietary fiber from whole grains can improve blood cholesterol levels and lowers the risk of heart disease and/or stroke. Their... read more
SINGAPORE – For several decades, Tan Seng Kee (TSK) Foods has been making noodles the way grandma did – with its own innovative spin. Over the years, the firm has refined its recipes and introduced modern technologies into its processes to deliver quality products. It is the first and only noodle company in Singapore to adopt heat pasteurisation technology to extend the shelf life of its food products. But the firm’s efforts at modernising itself do not stop there. Despite having a modest staff strength of 42, the company has been quick to adopt robust human resources practices to groom and retain its employees. “As a family business, we have quite a flat hierarchy, and there were quite a lot of informalities when it came to HR,” said executive director Raymond Tan. Detailed job descriptions for staff, for instance, did not use to be readily available. Employees used old-fashioned punchcards to keep track of the hours they worked. It was overall a “pretty informal” system, Mr Tan said. But he realised that people were TSK Foods’ key assets, and without a well-rounded human resources system, it would not be easy to properly groom its staff with the company’s values. His sister, Ms Annie Tan, also a director of the company, added: “We want our staff to be clear about our mission and values, so that they know what our objectives are, and where we are heading together, as a company.” And so in December last year, with help from Spring Singapore’s capability development grant, the firm implemented a corporate training programme and a new employee induction programme, to better... read more
Goodness of Wholegrain
Wholegrain aids in lowering the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and helps in weight management as it adds bulk to your diet which makes you feel full longer.