Healthy Grains – Important Bible Food
Healthy Grains Food Group
In addition to daily food use in the Biblical Old Testament, Grains (or Cereal as the Scriptures sometimes called it) were used for sacrificial and tithe offerings unto the Lord. The word Grain(s) was used more than 400 times in the verses of the Bible.
Grains are one of the most stable and easily preserved of the natural foods, if stored properly, they can be stored for years. In Genesis, Joseph was instructed by God to store-up seven years of plentiful food and grains in preparation for the years of famine that God warned would be coming upon the land.
Genesis 41:35 –
They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food.
Genesis 41:49 –
Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.
Definition Of Whole Grains & Refined or Enriched Grain –
Whole Grain or Seed?
These are considered Seeds not Whole Grains:
Contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. In other words, 100% of the original kernel, the bran, germ, and endosperm, must be present to qualify as a whole grain.
Refined/Enriched Grain Versions:
Refined grains are milled which means the natural and essential parts are removed to give the grain a finer texture and improve the shelf life, refining also removes the dietary fiber, iron, and many of the B vitamins. Enriched means certain B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid) and iron are added back in after the milling process.
List, Nutrients, and Benefits of Eating Healthy Whole Grain Foods
List of Whole Grains:
Nutrients In Healthy Grains:
Benefits of Whole Grains:
- Stroke risk reduced – 30-36%
- Type 2 diabetes risk reduced – 21-30%
- Heart disease risk reduced – 25-28%
- Better weight maintenance
- Reduced risk of asthma
- Healthier carotid arteries
- Reduction of inflammatory disease risk
- Healthier blood pressure levels
- Less gum disease and tooth loss
5 Tips On How To Use More Whole Healthy Grains In Your Diet
- Use whole grain flour for your homemade bread, muffin, and pizza crust recipes.
- Add rolled oats to muffin and bread recipes, oatmeal is a great source of healthy grain.
- Choose whole grain flour & pasta (not refined products) when purchasing at the grocery store.
- Use corn or whole wheat tortillas when cooking-up your next Fiesta meal.
- Check for the Whole Grains Council Stamp on foods in your local grocery store: (Below ↓)
The Whole Grains Council created these stamps →
to make it easier for consumers to find whole grain foods.
The Basic Stamp (Good) lets the consumer know that the food product contains at least 8 grams of whole grain per serving, but it also may contain some extra bran, germ, or refined flour.
(Best) – The 100% Stamp (notice the 100% logo) tells the consumer that the product provides at least 16 grams of whole grain per serving and can only be used on products that are entirely whole grain.