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Include supergrains in your breakfast

Saturday, April 21, 2007 General News J E 4
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Super Grain Nourishment IS Here To Stay There has been increasing interest in oatmeal in recent years due to its positive health effects. Oats are extremely nutritious and have cholesterol-fighting soluble fibre that can beat traditional Daliya Ragi and Sattu. P izza with extra cheese topping a big lamb chop super size burger a scoopful of ice cream… hmm… Slurp! Slurp! A mere thought of all these starts a rumble in stomach and the tongue aches for more. Most of us have a mouthful of all these in our daily diet. And those amongst you who are real food lovers must be having a generous serving. But its time to control your tongue and rest your stomach! With today’s life rife with increased consumption of high energy dense foods high levels of sugar and erratic eating habits there has been am astronomical rise in the heart and other nutrition related diseases like diabetes and obesity. And the sedentary lifestyle completes this perfect picture of awful health. Can you find yourself in this picture? Some of you might be sitting right there in the front and those who are on the margins will be in the front row shortly because this picture is going to be more grim if you don’t say ‘NO’ to junk food and follow horrendous dietary schedules. The remedy: HIGH FIBER DIET The situation will not be all that gruesome if you make a few changes in your dietary habits and head towards correct choice of food. The most important one is to have high fiber diet especially that of soluble fiber. Scientifically it has been proven that diet rich in fiber helps to lower cholesterol one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and there are confirmed advantages of fiber diet in case of diabetes obesity cancer and other diseases. When you have look at your kitchen shelf you would see a whole lot of products that are high in fiber but then again you need to know which one is soluble fiber. The answer is that small bowl of Oatmeal porridge that you shove in hurriedly when the mornings are real hectic. In fact it is has become the first whole food for which the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) has allowed a health claim on the label. The claim states: "Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that includes soluble fiber from Oatmeal may reduce the risk of heart diseases." A similar claim will be allowed for foods containing significant amounts of oat bran or whole oat. and its not only the heart that benefits Oatmeal such as Quaker Oatmeal has potent powers against many other diseases. Let’s chalk our way to good health by finding out why Oatmeal has been the preferred recommendation by dieticians nutrition and medical specialists. More options from ‘down under’ Forget the north south east and west divide that divides us Indians during breakfast. Now that the best-grade oats grown under dry Mediterranean weather conditions in Western Australia are available in India more superior quality and nutritional content are available that can beat the desi daliya in the north ragi in the south and sattu in the east. The oats are processed in the best-in-class Quaker plant in Perth Australia which imparts superior characteristics – taste aroma flavour– and enables faster and easier cooking. To top it up they tune easily to traditional Indian breakfast recipe that can be easily made at home. Unlike Ragi which has less of soluble fiber compared to Oats and only popular in the southern parts of India Daliya and Sattu have no soluble fibers. Hence there has been increasing interest in oatmeal in recent years due to its positive health effects especially in diabetes and heart management. Low glycemic index delaying gastric emptying time and consequently affecting the rate of uptake of glucose from small intestines are the special features of oat fiber that help in protection against diabetes.”Says Ishi Khosla(Director of whole Food & Nutritionist) Benefit 1. Oatmeal reduces the risk of coronary heart
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