Whole Grains in the Teen Diet
Better health for your teen could be as close as your breadbox. The more whole grains teenagers eat, the leaner they are and the less likely they are to develop diabetes, a recent University of Minnesota study found. With obesity and diabetes rising among children, that's a slice of good news.
Why are whole grains healthy?
provide protein, complex carbohydrates, several vitamins and are good sources
of iron and zinc (important to sexual development),” says Connie Diekman, R.D.,
the 2007-2008 president of the American Dietetic
Association. Whole grains may
also help prevent heart disease and some forms of cancer.
the difference between whole and refined grains?
Whole grains consist of the
entire kernel, inside and out. In refined grains, the milling process removes
the kernel's outer layer and the fiber.
How many servings per day?
and adults need at least six servings of grains daily. If you can, make sure three of them
are whole grains. To start adding whole grains to your teens’ meals, try a few
simple tips on recharging your meals:
Nutritionists offer some simple ways to add whole grains to your teen's diet:
whole-wheat toast or multigrain muffins instead of pastries.
oatmeal, barley or other whole-grain cereals.
sandwiches on whole-grain bread or a whole-grain bagel.
whole-grain cereals together for a snack.
buy cookies made with oatmeal or whole-grain flour.
brown or wild rice instead of white rice.
whole-grain bread in stuffing and meatloaf
whole-grain flour for refined white flour when you bake.
barley to soup.
nutritious recipes, visit the American Heart Association’s site:
http://www.deliciousdecisions.org. Search for "wheat" or