This could be the most exciting era for carbohydrates since the invention of sliced bread.
Last year, whole grains landed on the list of recommendations for the prevention of colorectal cancer. The evidence showed that three servings a day reduced the risk of disease by 17 percent and were stronger than just fiber intake alone. A Cornell researcher found that whole grains contain high levels of antioxidants that cause war and age-causing free radicals. And a study published this year in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that every serving of whole-grain drinks people consumed was 9 percent lower for overall mortality ̵
Advertising – Read below
Oh, and if you are looking for protein? Cereals have also covered there. "The bran and germ of whole grains provide healthy fats, vitamin E, and up to 6 grams of protein per serving," says Kelly Toups, RD, director of nutrition at the Oldways Whole Grains Council.
It is important to go out there from your usual wheat and oats. "When we tell people to eat more vegetables, they do not just think about carrots," she says. "But grains do not open up the entire spectrum – and they all have something different to offer."
Here are five to try.