Here's a little blurb from the Whole Grains Council, a non-profit organization:
The main benefits of whole grains
The benefits of whole grains most documented by repeated studies include:
stroke risk reduced 30-36%
type 2 diabetes risk reduced 21-30%
heart disease risk reduced 25-28%
better weight maintenance
Other benefits indicated by recent studies include:
reduced risk of asthma
healthier carotid arteries
reduction of inflammatory disease risk
lower risk of colorectal cancer
healthier blood pressure levels
less gum disease and tooth loss
I'll be posting more recipes using whole grains, and introducing some of the grains we're eating in going forward. But, for a very simple and tasty whole grain recipe that's so easy to make, try barley for breakfast. It's a bit heartier than oatmeal, but has a similar taste. You can make a big batch of this and serve it several times during the week.
3 cups water
1 cup barley, rinsed and drained
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons honey (I used maple syrup)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Place water and barley in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining ingredients and continue cooking over low heat, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the barley is thick and creamy. Makes three servings.
**This recipe is from The Raley's store magazine.