you've ever experienced a headache, grouchy feeling, or lack of
concentration because you were too hungry, you can appreciate how
important it is to eat every few hours. Skipping meals won't keep your
energy level up, but it's important not to grab just anything. Does it
really matter what foods you eat? Absolutely! Some foods will raise your
blood sugar levels too quickly and drop them like a rock in short
order. These foods are the simple carbs, particularly the highly refined
foods, such as white bread and candy. Simple carbs are quickly
disassembled and absorbed into the bloodstream. While they can
temporarily boost your energy, the effect is fleeting because they are
used up so quickly. That's why snacking on a candy bar to overcome that
mid-afternoon energy slump will likely have the opposite effect.
Following a simple carb snack, you may soon experience a significant dip
in energy or a return of hunger.
Remember the moral of Aesop's
story about the tortoise and the hare? Slow and steady wins the race.
The hare's burst of energy at the start of the race put him in the lead.
But he couldn't maintain the pace and fell behind. The tortoise, on the
other hand, plodded along steadily and ended up winning. You can think
of simple carbohydrates as the hare and complex carbohydrates as the
tortoise. If you supply your body with plenty of complex carbohydrates
(whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes) rather than simple
carbohydrates, your blood sugar levels will rise more slowly, and they
will stay steadier. That means you'll have a more constant supply of
energy -- and you'll be a winner every day.
Fiber is an essential
part of your diet for many reason. Keep reading to learn more about the
important role of fiber in keeping you healthy and how fiber is linked
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|What Are Whole Grains?Choosing whole-grain
products isn't as easy as buying the brown loaf of bread instead of
the white one. Many manufacturers would like you to believe that brown
automatically means whole grain. But don't be fooled. Even when a label
says "multigrain," it may be made from refined flour. Be sure to check
the ingredients label. If the first ingredient is whole-wheat flour or
another whole-grain flour, then you know you're getting the complex
carbohydrates you want. If it just says wheat flour, you're getting
refined flour, and that deep brown color may have come from added
What exactly are whole grains? They are the
entire seed grain, or the entire edible portion of any grain, including
corn, oats, rice, and others. The whole grain contains three parts: the
bran, endosperm, and germ. The bran makes up the outer layers of the
grain, the endosperm is the innermost part of the grain, and the germ
is the smallest part, otherwise known as the wheat embryo or wheat
germ. Together these three parts provide B vitamins, trace minerals,
fiber, proteins, phytonutrients, and carbohydrate.
milling process, the endosperm is separated from the bran and germ,
then ground to the desired consistency, producing white, or refined,
flour. For whole-grain flour, the bran and germ are returned to the
flour at the end of the process, making it more nutritious. Despite its
lack of nutrients, white flour is popular because it produces lighter,
airier baked goods.