Unhealthy foods play a primary role in many people gaining weight and developing chronic health conditions. But how can you tell what’s good from what’s bad for you?
Many people are aware of the importance of including wholemeal foods in their diet now, more than ever. But there’s a catch. Most “whole wheat” products aren’t really made from whole wheat. Often the grains have been pulverized into very fine flour, which causes them to raise blood sugar just as fast as their refined counterparts. In fact, whole wheat pasta and couscous can have a similar glycemic index as white bread.
What healthy wholemeal alternatives are there?
To spot fake whole grain foods, you’ll need to look at the ingredient list. If the first ingredient listed is “whole grains” that’s a promising sign. Things like amaranth, bulgur, barley, corn, farro, millet, quinoa, oats, rye, and spelt are also whole grains. (If they’re listed first, that’s also a good sign). If you see sugar, artificial dyes, additives, or enriched wheat (a type of refined wheat) listed on the nutritional panel, then the product is likely better left on the shelf.
Real whole grains are particularly high in fiber and B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin and folate. They also contain a good amount of minerals, such as zinc, iron, magnesium and manganese. Whole grains provide several grams of protein per serving while several compounds in whole grains act as antioxidants. These include phytic acid, lignin and sulfur compounds. Last but not least, whole grains deliver many types of plant compounds that play a role in preventing diseases. These include lignans, stanols and sterols.
When it comes to wholewheat couscous, you’re better off trusting a high-quality brand like Martino’s whole wheat couscous made with whole grains grown locally in Italy.
Martino provides a guarantee of quality
When you’re purchasing processed whole grain products like Martino’s couscous, you can be sure they’re made entirely from whole grains, not a mixture of whole and refined grains. Our brand has acquired various certificates that guarantee the integrity and quality of our couscous products and manufacturing process.
As a result, we are able to offer wholewheat couscous that delivers the couscous nutrition that you’d expect when eating real wholemeal products.
The benefits of eating wholewheat couscous are compelling to make it a regular staple in your diet.
All of the benefits of a wholewheat couscous diet
One of the biggest health benefits of wholewheat couscous is that it lowers your risk of heart disease. Researchers have concluded that heart-healthy diets should include more whole grains and fewer refined grains. Whole grains are recommended in the DASH diet and Mediterranean diet, as they contain three compounds: fiber, vitamin K and antioxidants which may help lower the risk of stroke.
There are many ways to incorporate whole grains into your diet. Perhaps the simplest thing to do is find whole grain alternatives for the refined grains in your diet. Also make sure to add Martino’s whole wheat Couscous in your diet, it gives you all the benefits of whole grains and it is ready in 5 minutes.