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Whole Grains in the Modern Diet

Part Two

written by Marlene Watson-Tara September 5, 2019
Whole Grains in the Modern Diet

Whole grains have been grown for thousands and thousands of year. In modern diets, grains are often blamed for weight gain, however, whole grains like brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, and many others are very nutritious. The right whole grains can be added to your daily diet to enhance your health.

Wholegrain Rice; Our Daily Staple

Rice was cultivated in the Far East for nine thousand or ten thousand years, then slowly spread into the Near East and into Europe. Mediterranean-style cooking has incorporated rice for centuries with dishes like paella, stews, and risottos. This is the most nourishing grain and possibly the most delicious. Its naturally sweet taste can be enjoyed on a daily basis. For a complete meal, eat rice with a bean dish, a variety of vegetables, and fermented pickles.

Brown rice gives you lots of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and small amounts of thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, and niacin. These B vitamins tend to work hand-in-hand to metabolize the energy from the foods you eat while supporting blood-cell formation. You’ll also get magnesium, phosphorus and calcium, potassium, and a small amount of sodium for fluid balance and heart functions.


Millet has been cultivated in the Far East for at least ten thousand years and eventually spread into Africa, where it is used still to this day. In some cultures, it is the principal food crop. In Europe, it was seldom used, but as people became more used to using whole grains in their diet, it has become more popular.

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