Saturday, March 6, 2010

Are Your Carbs White?

One of the easiest changes we can make in our diet is switching all of our "white" products to brown.  If you are still eating white bread, pasta and rice it is now the time to switch to the whole wheat/whole grain versions.

Don't be discouraged if your family has some resistance at first.  Significant changes in the way you and your family eat may take time.  Start with one product at a time and slowly introduce the new products into the diet a little at a time.  For instance, if you normally eat white rice, the next time you make rice serve half white/half brown rice mixed together.  Do this a couple of times and slowly work your way to eliminating all of the white rice and serving brown rice only  Do the same with spaghetti.

I actually think that the switch to whole wheat/whole grain bread is the easier change to make.  There are so many great tasting whole wheat and whole grain breads out there.  I prefer the ones that are labeled multi-grain, 7 Grain, etc.  Be sure to read the label to make sure your bread does not contain high fructose corn syrup.  Also look to see if your bread is All Natural and that it actually contains 100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain.

If you find that your kids are resisting the changes just be honest with them.  Share with them that you are making these changes so that they are eating a more healthy diet to keep them strong and healthy and to keep them from getting sick. 

So what's the skinny?  Why are whole wheat and whole grains better for you? 

Eating whole grains such as oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, brown rice and pasta as part of a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease, some types of cancer, and Type-2 diabetes.  The whole wheat versions also contain more vitamins and nutrients that have not been striped out in the refining process.

So start today - make the change.  Yes you can!

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