We often hear of taking wholegrains to maintain good health and to reclaim health.
What are they?
Wholegrains are cereals in which all the natural grain, uncluding the outer bran layer, germ and endosperm layers are retained.
1. The outer layer bran protects the seed and it is rich in fibre, B vitamins and minerals.
2. The germ is the nourishment for the seed as it contains B vitamins. Vitamin E, minerals and phytochemicals.
3. The endosperm layer provides energy for the seed as it contains carbohydrates, some protein and some B vitamins.
What happen after the grains are refined?
The bran and germ are removed when wholegrains are refined.
The common wholegrains are:
1. Whole wheat, including wholemeal
2. Brown rice
3. Corn (even popcorn)
(Source: Utusan Konsumer, July-August 2010).