There is a plethora of nutritional advice or information available in magazines, on the web, and anywhere you can spot advertising. On your way to work alone, you may pass by a billboard advertising a supplement, a nutritional service, or a product related to eating. How often are you presented with a suggestion of this kind? Perhaps more than you think.
Truthfully, most advice is not helpful, as it is not relevant to you. Your situation is unique. As much as some general advice applies, you probably need a particular kind to make a difference in your life. While you may be dealing with a health issue like Type 2 diabetes or a mild degree of obesity, your health issue and how you need to treat it is particular to you.
With that said, when it comes to carbohydrates or carbs, any time whole grains are mentioned you should pay close attention. They are beneficial to your body, and the only way they would be an unfortunate addition to your life would be if you are consuming too much. However, no one has ever suggested you overconsume whole grain foods.
In short, you should look to replace regular carbs such as…
- white bread,
- white rice,
- traditional pasta
with the whole grain kind as much as you can. Whether you are dealing with Type 2 diabetes or a weight problem is irrelevant. Of course, they will help with blood sugar control and keep you feeling full, which helps treat those issues. However, those are small benefits when stacked against the real advantage of whole grains. People who eat whole grains instead of refined versions have…
- less insulin resistance,
- a lower diabetes risk and
- tend to be slimmer.
Whole grain foods will help prevent future problems, or the escalation of a current health issue.
However, you may still not be convinced because of something we have not mentioned yet – the taste. To many people, whole grains do not taste as good as the processed kind, which makes it a tough sell. However, why does it have to be a sacrifice to no longer eat white bread, rice, or regular pasta? It may take a little time to adjust, but you can do it. For example, if you undercook your pasta by around 1 to 2 minutes and finish cooking it in a sauté pan with the sauce you want to add, making sure the sauce has touched all surfaces of the pasta, it will taste great.
Eating whole grains should never be a sacrifice: it should be a choice you make because it serves your best interests.
Moreover, remember – there is nothing wrong with not eating whole grains all of the time. Just make sure whole-grains are a staple.