Benefits Of Wheat

The reason wheat-free or gluten-free diets have become popular is that people who cut down wheat or eliminate wheat from their diet end up avoiding excess calories in sweets, snacks, pizza, and other junk food foods. This is resulting in people feeling healthier as well as weight loss, and it is causing people to mistakenly assume that gluten-containing foods/wheat is bad for health. On the contrary, wheat has been found to have several health benefits, such as a reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. Wheat also fuels the body and essential for various body functions. Healthy preparations of wheat, without excess oil or sugar, is not bad for health. Several diets like the Mediterranean diet and the MyPlan diet recommended by the United States government recommend including wheat as an essential part of the diet.

Consuming too much wheat can cause the intestines to work harder resulting in sluggish digestion causing digestive problems, such as water retention, bloating, and gas. Hence, it is important to eat a balanced diet incorporating wheat in proportion.

A department of the United States government, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has created a helpful guide for adults and children to be as healthy as possible by ensuring a balanced diet called the MyPlate diet plan. “MyPlate” replaces the familiar “food pyramid,” which has been found to be obsolete. The MyPlate model shows the five food groups (fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, and dairy) in proportions, making it easier to understand the types of food and the quantity to include in each meal to have a healthy and balanced diet. The plate is divided into four unequal sections to represent different food groups.

The main food groups are:

VegetablesGrains (wheat)ProteinFruitDairy

In the MyPlate diet plan, vegetables make up the largest portion on the plate, which is 40% of the plate, followed by grains, which is 30% of the plate. Fruits make up 10% of the plate and protein makes up 20%. Fruits and vegetables fill half the plate while proteins and grains fill the other half. A small amount of dairy in a glass (e.g. milk) or cup (e.g. yogurt) is incorporated into the diet. Read More

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