Wholegrain vs Wholemeal: Why Wholegrain is Better

When it comes to good health and proper diet, carbohydrates (or ‘carbs’) such as bread, rice, and pasta may have received a bad reputation from health experts, but in fact they make up an important part of your food intake. When these foods are refined however, such as white pasta and white bread, they lose parts of their nutritional value. While shopping in the supermarket, especially in the bread section, you have probably noticed the words ‘wholegrain’ and ‘wholemeal’ on the packaging. We all know that wholemeal is a better option, but what’s the difference when it comes to wholegrain and wholemeal?

Difference between wholegrain and wholemeal

Wholegrain products use the whole grain from wheat. Essentially, wholegrains are the entire seed of the plant or grain kernel, and includes the endosperm, the bran, and the germ. In addition to wheat, wholegrain can also include whole barley, brown rice, and whole oats. Nutritionally, wholegrains contain:

  • High Fibre
  • High Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • B Vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate.)
  • Vitamin E
  • Minerals (iron, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and selenium.)

Wholegrains differ to refined, white grain products such as white bread, as these products use only the endosperm (the middle layer of the seed/grain kernel) and contains less protein, fibre, and vitamins.

Wholemeal is simply the name given to wholegrains that have been ground down to form a flour. For example, wholemeal bread is made from wholegrains that have been milled to a fine texture. This flour contains all the same vitamins and minerals, however wholegrain in its raw form contains more fibre and has a lower GI.

Benefits of wholegrain noodles

Wholegrain and wholemeal foods aren’t just a passing trend! Working wholegrains into your everyday diet will benefit your overall health by preventing heart disease and diabetes, reducing risk of obesity, aiding digestion, and even reduce the risk of developing cancer. Wholegrain noodles are nutrient-rich, since they’re filled with all those body-loving vitamins & minerals which are important for the nervous system, metabolism, and boosting overall health & energy. One cup of wholegrain noodles and pasta contain about 37 grams of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are a source of energy for your body and muscles, aiding muscle building as well as recovery from strenuous workouts. The high number of vitamins in wholegrain pasta such as B Vitamins, aids in a healthy nervous system; forming healthy tissue, blood cells, and a stronger immune system. The high dietary fibre found in wholegrain noodles aids in healthy digestion by lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels and encouraging regular bowel movements.

Good health begins with wholegrains

Switching to a diet that’s richer in wholegrains doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s just a case of swapping one for another. So, if white pasta and bread is a staple in your household, it’s probably time you switched to the health-packed benefits of wholegrains! Try wholegrains such as brown rice or wholegrain pasta in your next family meal. It’s proven that people who eat wholegrains regularly as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of chronic health ailments and less chance of weight gain. Look to breakfast cereals which contain wholegrains or choose wholegrain oats to prepare porridge in the mornings. Swapping your usual white grains for wholegrains is an easy way to protect your body and will have you feeling great!

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