A Couple Grains-If You Must

A Couple Grains-If You Must

My two favorite grains-cereals. They just happen to be high in protein low glycemic load (means very low effect on blood sugar spikes) These super foods are Quinoa and Oatmeal.

Quinoa is a highly nutritious food and though considered a grain its really a seed. This high protein grain has a long history of increasing stamina. Quinoa has a low sodium content, is high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium, zinc, and particularly iron. All of this with a hefty dose of fiber (5 grams per serving).

Oatmeal has the higher protein content of any popular cereal. With 8.5 grams of protein per 2/3 cup, and a whopping 5 grams of fiber. Oatmeal helps boost the immune system. It contains beta glucan, a polysaccharide in oatmeal that helps lower cholesterol and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Downside, Oats are in the gluten family and because so many people are sensitive or gluten intolerant, they are just not for everyone. Secondly be careful if you’re suffering uric acid related problems (i.e. gout and kidney stones); since oats contain purines that break down uric acid.

It’s very important that when I mention oatmeal, I’m not referring to the instant cereals loaded with sugar and processed junk. These, in my opinion are worthless dead food.

When choosing the best oats look for steel cut oats, also known as Scottish or Irish oats or old-fashioned rolled oats. Look for thicker oats, since they tend to be less processed.

Oatmeal also has a low glycemic index, which is better for you and your blood sugar.

So, if you must consume grains, choose the two that will do the most good for you.