8 Amazing Benefits of Eating Whole Wheat Products
The healthiness of wheat greatly depends on the form. For instance, if you eat it in the form of bread (white flour) you won’t experience significant health benefits (if any). Noodles, pastas and cookies fall into the same category and in those products a significant amount (40%) of the original wheat grain has been extracted in order to get a refined product.
Things wouldn’t be so bad if what have been removed weren’t actually the healthiest and most nutritious components of wheat, and the refined product doesn’t have calcium, zinc, fiber, folic acid, copper, iron or vitamins B1, B2, B3 and E anymore.
On the other hand, whole wheat products contain all these nutrients and provide amazing health benefits, some of which are listed in the further text.
1. Women who eat whole wheat products are less likely to gain weight.
According to a study conducted at Harvard Medical School and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in order to maintain a healthy weight and avoid gaining excess fat, it is important to choose whole wheat products instead of refined wheat. The study included more than 74,000 female nurses between the ages of 38 and 62 who were observed over the course of 12 years.
The women who ate whole grains, including whole wheat, were 49% less likely to gain weight than those who ate products made with refined wheat flour.
The study linked these results with the fact that whole wheat is rich in dietary fiber and keeps you full for a longer time. As gaining fat is never healthy and can lead to various health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, maintaining a healthy weight is very important. The fact that whole wheat products help us with that makes them extremely beneficial for our health.