Clean Up Your Diet and Lose Weight (Page 3)

Whole-Grain Bread

Out with you... refined grains.

Why? The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we get at least half of our grains from whole grains. Processed grains are stripped of many key nutrients, including fiber. Plus, upping your whole-grains intake could lengthen your life by reducing your risk of cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases, suggests an Archives of Internal Medicine study published earlier this year. Sounds good to me.
How? I’ll make simple swaps, like opting for whole-wheat pasta instead of regular, whole-grain bread instead of white and brown rice instead of white rice. I’ll cook more grains like quinoa, wheat berries and barley.
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