How To Achieve Natural Skin? Eat Whole Grains

March 7th, 2012

Whole grains are one of the foods you should be eating if you want to achieve healthy and natural skin. But how can you tell if the whole grain product you are eating is the healthiest? You don’t unless you know how to read between the lines of your ingredients list.

Also we can be fooled by some food manufacturers as they use food coloring and additives to give their foods a brownish tint so color has no bearing on how healthy your whole grain is.

Therefore, flawless skin comes from knowing which whole grains are good for you and which to avoid. Here is what to look for.

Refined and Fortified Grains

These grains are the least healthiest and any products made with them can be tasty or give us the impression that they are healthy but they’re truly not.

Refined grains are bleached, stripped and processed, removing the bran and germ to give it a longer shelf life. The bran and germ contain minerals, fiber and vitamins innate to the grain and are the building blocks to perfect skin.

These highly refined starches are bad for your skin because they turn into sugar which accelerates inflammation and breaks down collagen, causing premature aging and poor looking skin. This is not a way on how to look younger.

How to recognize them: white bread, white flour, refined cornmeal, enriched flour, wheat flour.

Fortified grains basically means that the innate nutrients have been stripped and are trying to be restored by the manufacturer by adding nutrients.
How to recognize them: cracked wheat, from whole wheat, oat bran, whole bran, stone wheat, nine-grain wheat.

Multigrains, Wheat Breads/Pasta

Although a healthier choice, multigrains are made up of two or more refined grains in addition to a less stripped down version of them. This is a muddy area as manufacturers use food coloring to make them appears as if they were whole grains.

How to recognize them: “whole-wheat bread” and “made with wheat flour”. 

Wheat breads/pasta can be made up of three-fourths refined white flour and only one-fourth whole wheat flour. The way a manufacturer can get around this is by NOT using the following description: 100 percent whole grain wheat.

It appears that if there is NOT an exact percentage being use the manufacturer can use a negligible amount of whole grains.

You can recognize them by: stonegrains, seven grain, 12 grain, mixed grains, Rye, whole wheat and whole grain.

Sprouted Grains

This type of grain are soaked in water to retain nutrients and minerals. And according to nutritional experts sprouted wheat can contain four times the amount of niacin and about twice the amount of vitamin B6 and folate. It also contains more protein and fewer starches.

“Niacin, like all B vitamins help the body to convert food into fuel, which is burned to produce energy. In addition B vitamins help the body metabolize fats and protein for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver.

You can recognize them by: Sprouted whole wheat; Sprouted whole millet.

The healthiest choice you can make when eating whole grains are of course those that have been unaltered and contain the bran, germ and endosperm. 1)  The BRAN is the hard outer covering of the wheat kernel, high in fiber & nutrients. 2)  The GERM is the nutrient-rich embryo that will sprout and grow into a new wheat plant.  3)  The ENDOSPERM is the biggest part (83%), the “insides” of the kernel – mostly starch. 

As you can see the unaltered whole grain contains minerals, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and more. However, because it is not modified it is rough in texture and tastes bitter or even nutty.

For some time now processed or refined foods have been known to be a stripped down version of the actual foods themselves. And according to nutritional experts they can be the cause of many health concerns like nervousness, stress, inability to sleep through the night, weight gain and more.

And as always, I look forward to seeing you at the salon where you will be dazzled by how great your skin looks.

Call for your appointments NOW at 212.949.2350.
 
Sincerely,

JOANNA VARGAS
Joanna Vargas Skin Care

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