Here is the second installment of foods that you might think are healthy but are not really healthy for you. Whole grains are an important part of a whole foods diet. Whole wheat is one type of whole grain but there are several others that are important for a balanced whole grain diet. Other whole grains include brown rice, spelt, corn, quinoa, barley, steele cut oats to name just a few. What I find in the practice is many people will buy bread that looks brown but it might not be whole wheat. You must check the label on the package to make sure it has 100% whole wheat as the first ingredient because if it does not then you are not getting a source of whole wheat.
Whenever you are eating breads or pasta whether they are whole wheat or not they have been more processed than brown rice for example, and they have been stripped of many of their nutrients. So even whole wheat breads and pastas should be eaten in moderation. If some one is eating whole wheat products it should be only one serving per day. Anything more than that will cause same problems as similar white pasta or bread. Some examples of problems that people run into are blood sugar issues, weight gain, stomach problems, gas and bloating, etc... Wheat is one of the top ten food allergies in the United States. Many people unknowingly have sensitivity to gluten or gliadin which are proteins found in wheat and some other grains. This sensitivity can cause digestive problems, fatigue, joint problems, celiac disease. Make sure as you begin to eat more healthy that you eat a variety of whole grains in different forms not just whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta.
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Dr. Dae's Bio:
Daemon "Dr. Dae" (pronounced Dr. Day) Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who completed her training at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is certified as a General Practitioner by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE).