Which loaf is for you?

Wholemeal High Fibre

Wholemeal High Fibre

We have heard over and over again how important fibre is in our diet, please explain the benefits:

A number of plant foods, in particular some fruit, pulses, wholegrain cereals and vegetables contain fibre. There is insoluble fiber and soluble fibre.

Insoluble fibre is not absorbed by the body, but passes through the gut to be expelled. Insoluble fibre helps prevent constipation.

Soluble fibre can help to reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood.





Multigrain Loaf

Multigrain Loaf

How important are whole grains and seeds in our daily diet?

Various studies have shown that consumption of wholegrains has beneficial effects on health such as: heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and high blood pressure. These benefits are more reinforced when wholegrains form part of an overall healthy diet.

Seeds contain components such as unsaturated fatty acids that have the potential to reduce blood cholesterol. One needs to be aware that seeds contain oils and therefore are high in energy (calories). So as part of a balanced diet they must be included in moderation.





Barley Loaf

Barley Loaf

As an alternative grain what can barley contribute to the diet?

Barley is a source of ß-glucans (beta glucans). ß-glucan is a soluble fiber that is found in plants . Research has shown that this appears to have positive effects as it lowers total cholesterol -total chloesterol is a measure of your good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol and other lipid components, LDL-cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) which can build up on the walls of your arteries and lead to disease and triglycerides -a type of fat found in the body which can raise risk of heart disease.





Oats and Wholemeal Loaf (very very low in salt)

Oats and Wholemeal Loaf (very very low in salt)

Why is it important to control salt intake?

Salt consumption is considered to be one of the risk factors in disease more specifically cardiovascular disease. Avoiding salt is not only about not adding salt to meals but avoiding foods that are high in salt. Increased salt consumption in ALL age groups results in high blood pressure so a lifelong approach in controlling salt intake is important.

Studies have shown that a reduction in salt intake would result in a decrease in coronary heart disease.





Multiseed Loaf

Multiseed Loaf

How important are whole grains and seeds in our daily diet?

Various studies have shown that consumption of wholegrains has beneficial effects on health such as: heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and high blood pressure. These benefits are more reinforced when wholegrains form part of an overall healthy diet.

Seeds contain components such as unsaturated fatty acids that have the potential to reduce blood cholesterol. One needs to be aware that seeds contain oils and therefore are high in energy (calories). So as part of a balanced diet they must be included in moderation.





Wholemeal Country Loaf

Wholemeal Country Loaf

What are the benefits of wholemeal flour?

Wholemeal flour is flour made from whole grains. This flour also makes use of the outer layer of the grains and therefore contains greater quantities of most vitamins,minerals and fibre.





White loaf

White loaf

Should we include white flour in our daily diet?

White flour is a refined flour: i.e. when the grains are milled a proportion of the fibre and nutrients are lost in the process. The drive over the past years has been to increase the proportion of whole grains in the diet: to strive to make half our grains whole.

This means that we need to find the correct balance and moderation. Therefore to have a diet that is nutritionally more complete we must also find place for unrefined grains.





The Above information was provided by Jeremy Ellul B.Sc.(Hons.) Physiotherapy.S.R.P.,P.Q.Dip.Nutr. & Diet.
 
Disclaimer: The above general information is not to replace any medical advice. It is to be remembered that this is all in the context of a healthy balanced diet. Always consult your doctor or health professional.