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Have you eaten your whole grains today?

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100% Whole Grain Bread

100% Whole Grain Bread (Photo credit: Chiot’s Run)

Dr. Greger says that the drug industry says using a blood pressure lowering med results in a 15% lower risk of heart attack and a 25% lower risk of a stroke. Eating just 3 portions of whole grains per day gets the SAME results! Whole grains over white bread and rice also lowers the risk of diabetes where the white type results in a higher risk of diabetes. How much more simple can it be? Just eat whole grain versions of your food but don’t be fooled by sugary breakfast cereals that say whole grains.

What is Your Nutritional Intelligence?

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A variety of foods made from wheat.

A variety of foods made from wheat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If we score ourselves from 0 to 100 on how well we really eat we can see where we stand on the nutritional scale. We have to categories to consider: What doesn’t count and what does count.
What Doesn’t Count

• Meat
• Juices
• Potatoes
• Fried Foods
• Candies, cookies, cakes and other sweets
• Milk
• Cereal except oatmeal
• Corn
• All prepared foods (Cans, frozen and boxed)
• White bread
What Does Count

• Vegetables (raw or slightly cooked)
• Fruits
Oatmeal
Whole wheat whole grain breads
Dark chocolate in moderation
Count each item in each meal that doesn’t count as -8 and count each item in what does count as 8. Add up each item you eat in every meal and snack for a day. If your score is negative set it to zero. If your score is over 100 set it to 100. Vegans can reach 100. Europeans are around 50-60. Americans are typically at 25-30. You can raise this score and raise the probability of good health.
Follow these simple daily rules:

• Eat what nature provides not what man makes.
• Eat more raw organic fruits and vegetables
• Cut back or drop sweets
• Cut back the sugar and milk in your coffee
• Cut back the animal protein (meats, eggs, cheeses and milk)
• Switch from white bread to a whole grain
• Switch from white pasta to a whole grain