All You Can Wheat

Irfan Aziz wants you to know why we should be opting for wholegrain wheat over any other grain

Bangladeshis are heavily reliant on rice. And while we totally agree that a warm plate of rice is a godsend, rice’s distant cousin wheat has far more beneficial characteristics. You will be amazed to learn how hassle-free your life will become if you simply integrate whole-grain wheat into your daily meals. Let’s have a look, shall we?

High in nutrients and fibers
To keep it short and clean and not throw too much health jargon into the mix, wheat is filled with nutrients that are really, really good for the body. Be it vitamins, minerals, proteins or antioxidants, wheat is an accessible source to all of this and will turn your meals into an enriching experience (both for the body and the soul!)

Will keep your heart healthy
Heart diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. With the intensity of work-life in Dhaka increasing with each passing day, this is as good a time as any to add whole grain wheat to your diet. Three one-ounce servings can lower chances of heart disease by as much as 20% which is pretty amazing if you ask us.

Will keep your body immune from strokes
As we have already mentioned, wheat is filled with nutrients that are good for your body. Fibers, vitamin K, and antioxidants are three of the best nutrients that aid in the prevention of strokes. Wheat is also a staple of the DASH diet and Mediterranean diet both of which are known for lowering the chances of strokes.

Lowers the risk of diabetes
Whole grain intake can directly result in the lowering of blood sugar levels and improving insulin activities. This is due to the presence of magnesium in whole grain wheat which metabolizes carbs at a very efficient rate. This in return will help us in controlling our weight and preventing obesity which is a risk factor for diabetes. Granted diabetes is hereditary but it sure wouldn’t hurt to put a leash on it.

Reduces the possibility of cancer
The presence of phytic acid, phenolic acid and saponins mean that whole grains slow down any development of cancer. High fiber content also acts as a prebiotic and because of this, it has been suggested that whole grains anti-cancer benefits are especially strong towards colorectal cancer which happens to be one of the most common forms of
cancer.

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Irfan Aziz

Irfan Aziz is a Sub Editor of ICE Today magazine. He is a pug enthusiast who loves looking at memes, writing and sketching.