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February 2, 2016

6 Healthy Cereals

Cereals should be an integral part of the food pyramid and must be represented in the daily diet, either in integral form or in the form of flour, bran, germ, dehydrated flakes and the like.

The importance of cereals in the diet is in possession of many nutrients in the structure of grain (germ, bran, membrane) which lead to the conclusion that the whole grains are healthy food.

In the integral form, grains contain valuable carbohydrates (60-80%) as well as proteins that are present in value of 7-15%.

How to obtain whole wheat flour?

Each grain cereals are constructed from several layers – external membrane and the inner membrane, and the central core, so that the grinding of whole grain makes whole wheat flour. 

Otherwise, during the process of separating the membrane and retaining only the internal part, we get a non-integral flour or white flour that is not nutritious, because it contains a high percentage of starch and a small percentage of plant fibers. 

When it comes to integral flour, the situation is reversed - outer membrane contains a wealth of  plant fibers, and a very small percentage of starch.

1. Oats

Oats is a cereal with high biological value, which is extremely important for the digestive tract, and for reason it called colon cleanser. 

The healing role of oats is to regulate digestion, to prevents and eliminates the occurrence of constipation, to speed up the motor function in intestines and to prevents the occurrence of hemorrhoids.

Vegetable fibers are quite present in the oats, which favourably affects the bowel emptying since it increases the volume of the intestine and accelerates their emptying. 

Also, the fibers in oats affect the metabolism of cholesterol, thereby reducing the level of bad cholesterol which is build-up on blood vessel walls.

For people who want to lose weight, oats is a diet food, which well absorbed fats in the intestines, regulates the level of stomach acid and whole metabolism.

High blood pressure can be regulated if the diet contains oats, because it has the ability to lower blood pressure in the long run.

Oats is very important for skin diseases - psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema and skin irritations.

How to use oats?

Oats is not used in the form of whole grain, but is used as oat flour, oat bran, germs, oatmeal and as dehydrated flakes. Oats is often find like oatmeal for breakfast, mixed with dry fruits, or mixed with yogurt and fresh fruits.

2. Quinoa

Quinoa is a grain originating from the Andes of South America and the Incas used it and considered it as a holy plant. 

It abounds in proteins - quinoa contains nine essential amino acids, especially lysine, which affects the growth and regeneration of cells. 

From minerals in quinoa are the most represented magnesium, then iron, copper and phosphorus. 

From vitamins in quinoa is mostly represented vitamin B complex, especially vitamin B2 or riboflavin.

Grain of this plant contains 12 percent protein, 5 percent fat and 63 percent carbohydrates. 

It also contains valuable vitamins, among which are especially important B1, B2 and vitamin E. 

One serving of cooked quinoa contains about 172 calories, which is classified as one of the most suitable foods for dietary regimes.

The health benefits of quinoa are reflected in eliminating headaches and migraines, because it contains a lot of magnesium, a mineral that relaxes blood vessels and prevent their sudden expansion. 

Also, due to the content of magnesium, quinoa is recommended in patients with varying blood pressure, because it eliminates arrhythmia and hypertension.

In women, quinoa grains are very important, because it contains a lot of fiber, which can prevent the occurrence of breast cancer. It is desirable that the menopausal women consumed it.

Characteristic of quinoa is the absence of gluten, so it can be used by people suffering from celiac disease.

3. Millet

Finely millet seed is highly valuable food, which does not contain gluten, but contains vitamins B complex, vitamin E, iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, omega fatty acids and more.

The healing properties of grains from millet is reflected in the improvement of layout and structure of hair and skin; Millet also improves digestion; it regulates the acidity in the body; it has antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Millet is recommended for people who have problems with the thyroid gland and in diabetics.

How to use millet?

Millet can be used in whole form, through cooking, or as millet flour, millet meal, and milk of millet. When you cooking millet, it is necessary to put in the water overnight, because it has a strong membrane, which should be first tender prior to cooking.

Cereals should be an integral part of the food pyramid and to be represented in the daily diet, either in integral form or in the form of flour, bran, germ, dehydrated flakes and the like.

4. Buckwheat

Highly valuable grain, nutritionally rich and with the many health benefits is buckwheat

It can be considered as a super food because it is rich in protein, containing eight essential amino acids, does not contain gluten and contains many minerals and vitamins.

Health benefits of buckwheat are reflected in the regulation of cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, regulation of blood sugar, improving digestion and relieve constipation and hemorrhoids creation. 

Buckwheat has a positive influence on the digestive organs and on the respiratory organs; especially buckwheat has healing properties in asthma, bronchitis and cough.

How to use buckwheat?

Buckwheat can be cooked as a whole grain, or it can be ground and made buckwheat flour, bran. From buckwheat may be prepared buckwheat pancakes, buckwheat pasta and like.

5. Spelt

Cereal that existing long ago, but has expansion in use through recent years is spelt

It contains a balanced ratio of protein: fat: carbohydrates, contains plenty of minerals, vitamins and dietary fibers. 

Spelt conatins selenium, mineral of longevity, which protects cells from the harmful effects and prevents the occurrence of cancer.

Spelt is similar to wheat, but unlike wheat, it does not contain gluten, so it can be used by people with celiac disease.

How to use spelt?

Spelt is used as a whole grain (cooked), and in form of flour, semolina, bran.

6. Amaranth

Amaranth as well as quinoa originate from South America, and is a favourite food among the local population. 

It possesses a sweet-sour taste, and in appearance resembles to millet because of the very small, yellow color grains.

The nutritive value of amaranth lies in the presence of an amino acid (lysine), the absence of gluten, a wealth of protein, minerals and dietary fibers. 

Amaranth has two times more calcium than milk and three times more dietary fiber than wheat.

How to use amaranth?

Amaranth is cooked in water and eaten as a cooked cereal, or it can be added to salads and other dishes.