Wheat is a cereal which originated in south-western Asia but has become available all over the world. The demand for the cereal has over time increased because of its abundant health benefits.
It is rich in a number of nutrients – vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin E, calcium, phosphorus, folic acid, copper, zinc, iron. catalytic elements, mineral salts, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, chlorine, arsenic, silicon, manganese, iodide – providing you with a balanced diet in one single meal.
Below are five of its amazing health benefits.
Lowers risk of heart disease
Research by the American journal of clinical nutrition has shown that wheat is extremely beneficial for healthy living. It considerably lowers the hazards of heart diseases, owing to its comparatively low-fat content.
It balances cholesterol level and protects the heart. It also regulates blood glucose levels in diabetic patients.
Improves body metabolism
Saturated and trans fats increase the chances of cardiovascular diseases. However, the omega-3 fats naturally present in wheat decrease cardiovascular disease risk.
Whole grains like wheat are immensely effective in patients with metabolic disorders.
Prevents type 2 diabetes
Wheat is rich in magnesium, which is a mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes. These enzymes are involved in the body’s functional use of insulin and glucose secretion.
People who suffer from diabetes are able to keep their sugar levels under control by replacing rice with wheat in their diet.
Keeps breast cancer at bay
Research at the UK Women’s Cohort found that a fibre-rich diet is extremely important for women to keep breast cancer at bay. Foods from whole grains like wheat and fruits provide significant safeguards for pre-menopausal women against breast cancer.
Studies say that around 30 grams of wheat consumed daily is enough for women to reduce the risks of breast cancer. Reports say that pre-menopausal women who have consumed wheat had a 41% reduced risk of breast cancer in comparison to others who ate other forms of fibre.
Healthy meets variety
There are just so many products you can make from wheat and so many ways to enjoy your wheat – from bread to pasta, crackers, bagels, cakes, muffins, cakes, burritos, brownies, waffles, muffins, patties and pancakes or simply sprinkled over your favorite cereal or yogurt, you are spoilt for choice.
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