Superfood... Whole grains
By Lim Chee Wah
Whole grains are an excellent source of fibre, carbohydrates, protein, B vitamins and iron, and it is known to reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, protect against colon cancer, stroke and heart disease, and lower cholesterol. But what is it exactly? Simply put, whole grains are basically pre-refined grains that still contain the outer bran layer, germ and endosperm. Studies have shown that when grains are refine (i.e. the bran and germ are removed, leaving the starchy endosperm), the fibre content can be reduced by over 50 per cent and vitamins and minerals by 70 per cent.
While many products out there claim to contain whole grains, they don’t necessarily state clearly the actually amount of whole grain content. So it’s good to check the info on the packaging before purchasing. The latest offering in the market, the aLIVE Whole Grain Cereals (www.fndairies.com), claimed to have the highest whole grain content in the market. Developed together with the health food brand Sanitarium, aLIVE products are made up of 50 per cent more whole grain and at the same time, it has less sugar.
It has quite an extensive product range that includes biscuit bites, cereal bites and cereal flakes. On top of that, there are also two varieties of snack bars, yoghurt and yoghurt drinks.