If your New Year’s resolution includes eating healthier and losing some weight, Pereg Natural Foods is here to help. Its wide range of ancient and whole grain products contain fiber known to make you feel fuller longer and keep blood sugar levels from spiking.
The American Heart Association recommends eating 6 to 8 servings of grain foods a day, especially whole grains. Adults need about 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily.
What makes whole grains so great? Along with other high-fiber foods, they help your health in many ways, including lowering blood cholesterol, preventing constipation, controlling blood pressure, promoting good bacteria, enabling better digestion, improving nutrition absorption, boosting the body’s immune system, reducing risk for diabetes, and decreasing risk of heart disease.
Whole grains contain a lot of fiber, and fiber is enough of a reason to eat whole grains. While fiber is responsible for much of the benefit, whole grains also contain lactic acid, which promotes good bacteria in the large intestine. These organisms aid digestion, promote better nutrition absorption, and may even beef up the body’s immune system.
Whole grains not only help prevent your body from absorbing “bad” cholesterol, they may also lower triglycerides, both of which are major contributors to heart disease.
The heart benefits of whole grains don’t stop with cholesterol and triglycerides. They also lower blood pressure, one of the most important risk factors for heart disease.
People who eat a lot of whole grains are more likely to keep their weight in check and less likely to gain weight over time than those who eat refined grains.
Studies have shown that whole grains can help you cut down on the amount of body fat you have and lead to a healthier distribution of that fat. Specifically, eating whole grains can leave you with less belly fat–what scientists kindly call “central adiposity”–which increases your risk of diabetes and other health woes.
Pereg Natural Foods offers an extensive line of products high in fiber that can easily be incorporated into a healthier diet for your New Year’s resolution and beyond.
Many Pereg products have a “seal of approval” from the Oldways Whole Grains Council, which certifies their products meet stringent requirements for the whole grain label. (The Oldways Whole Grains Council is a nonproï¬t consumer advocacy group working to increase consumption of whole grains for better health–WholeGrainsCouncil.org).
Pereg high-fiber products include:
Red Quinoa: has 5g fiber per 42g serving
White Quinoa: has 3g fiber per 42g serving
Farro: has 3g fiber per 45g serving
Freekeh: has 4g fiber per 40g serving
Teff (brown and ivory): have 4g fiber per 50g serving
Texas Chili Beans: have 21g fiber per 85g serving
Autumn Lentil Blend: has 16g fiber per 52g serving
French Lentils: have 15g fiber per 50g serving
Black Lentils: have 10g fiber per 50g serving
Quinoa Flakes: have 2.4g fiber per 34g (â…“ cup) serving
Additional sources of whole grain include whole wheat, whole oats/oatmeal, whole-grain corn, popcorn, brown rice, whole rye, whole-grain barley, wild rice, buckwheat, triticale, bulgur (cracked wheat), millet, and sorghum.
You can add whole grains to meals and snacks. Snack on ready-to-eat whole-grain cereals such as toasted oat cereal. Add whole-grain flour or oatmeal when making cookies or other baked treats. Try a whole-grain snack chip, such as baked tortilla chips. Popcorn, a whole grain, can be a healthy snack with little or no added salt and butter.
Foods labeled with the words “multi-grain,” “stone-ground,” “100% wheat,” “cracked wheat,” “seven-grain,” or “bran” are usually not whole-grain products. So, check labels carefully.
Want more ways to get more fiber? Just replace foods you already eat with foods containing more fiber such as whole-grain foods. For example:
instead of white bread or “wheat” bread, try “whole-wheat” bread or rye bread
instead of white rice, try red or white quinoa
instead of regular pasta, try whole-wheat or whole-grain pasta
instead of macaroni, try bulgur wheat
instead of corn flakes, try bran flakes or other bran cereal
instead of crispy rice cereals, try whole-grain cereals
instead of cream of wheat, try quinoa flakes
instead of flour tortillas, try whole-grain or corn tortillas
instead of regular crackers, try popcorn
Established in 1906 and based in Clifton, NJ, Pereg Natural Foods is a leading producer of premium ancient grains, gluten-free flours, an extensive line of quinoa and couscous products, and more than 60 pure and natural spices and spice blends from around the culinary world. They produce all their products from start to finish, controlling the quality from sourcing until the product is packed and ready for the consumer.
Pereg Natural Foods products are available at select retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada, and on their website, pereg-gourmet.com. Follow Pereg Natural Foods on Facebook.com/PeregGourmet, Twitter @PeregGourmet, and Instagram @PeregNatural.