Friday, April 5th, 2013

Health Benefits of Cereals

When thinking about your diet what first comes to mind is balanced nutrition. Even though you may be eating a variety in your diet but lack of nutrition can only be taken care up by replacing one of your daily meals with a hearty healthy bowl of vitamin and mineral enriched breakfast cereal in your diet. Yes, cereal consumption means intake of high amount of protein; often breakfast cereals are taken along with milk that makes a high protein rich meal. For infants, the iron-fortified cereals are said to be the premium solid foods. Geetu Amarnani, a Mumbai based Nutritionist tells you why to include lots of cereals in your diet. But before that you must know what cereals are actually? Read on…

What are cereals?
Cereals or grains belong to the monocot families ‘Poaceae or Gramineae’ and are cultivated widely to obtain the edible components of their fruit seeds; botanically these fruits are called ‘caryopsis’ and are structurally divided into endosperm, germ, and bran. Cereal grains are cultivated in huge quantities and provides more food energy than any other type of crop, thus they are also known as staple crops. Some of the common types of cereals include rice, wheat, oats, maize, barley, millet and rye to name a few.

Health Benefits of Cereals
The health benefits of cereals are discussed comprehensively below:

  • Cereals are probably the greatest source of energy. Providing almost 30% of total calories in regular diet.
  • Cereals provide high amount of minerals, in which around 95% of minerals are the sulphates and phosphates of magnesium, potassium and calcium.
  • Proteins are present in every tissue of the cereals grain. The cereal proteins are of different types; like albumins, prolamines gliadins, globulins and glutelins. These types of proteins are called “Gluten” proteins.
  • Helps in reducing weight and provides balanced diet
  • Maintains blood sugar level

With all above reasons, it becomes imperative to add lots of cereals in your diet to stay healthy and life a long life.

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