5 reasons why whole-grains are best for busy mums
Given all that mums do, it's important that she takes a break to recharge. What better way to do so than with NutreMill Cereal.
168 hours per week.
That is how much time a mum puts in to taking care of her husband and kids. When you become a mum, you take on more than one role: a doctor, a cook, a driver, a teacher, your child’s best friend and more.
This is why NutreMill suggests that busy mums regularly grab a healthy snack to give them the strength and stamina to get through the day.
While it may be tempting to grab a quick sugar fix or some fast food, it is highly recommended that you go for a whole-grain snack instead.
5 Reasons why whole-grains are best for busy mums
Here are 5 reasons why whole-grain snacks are best for you and your family:
1. Whole-grains are healthier than refined grains.
Chances are you consume more refined grains than you do whole-grains. Refined grains, which can be found in breads, cereals, and crackers, are grains that have been stripped of their bran and germ for a finer texture and longer shelf life. But by doing this, the grain is also stripped of its fibre and important nutrients such as selenium, potassium and magnesium.
On the other hand, whole-grains are grains that have not been processed therefore remain rich in vitamins, minerals, and unsaturated oils. All of which are exactly what you need as a busy working mum to stay energized, from morning to evening, as you complete one task after another.
Whole-grains may be consumed during your meals, either in the form of barley, brown rice, buckwheat, oatmeal and whole-wheat bread, pasta, crackers or simply from a cup of NutreMill Cereal.
2. Whole-grains help busy mums stay active all day.
Another reason why whole-grains are better than refined grains is because the latter is quickly digested by the body thus providing short bursts of energy. After this wears out, you may begin to feel tired or groggy which in turn may affect your quality of work and demeanour.
Meanwhile, whole-grains are best for busy mums because it helps slow down digestion and the absorption of food, thus providing you with a more sustainable source of energy that will help you stay on-the-go and cheerful while working, running errands or taking care of your family.
3. Whole grains help mums with weight control.
According to Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet and a registered dietician in New York City, "Whole-grains take longer to digest and have a more satiating effect." Therefore, with a whole-grain snack, mums-on-the-go not only get the vitamins and minerals they need but stay fuller, longer. This helps mums avoid snacking on foods that may keep their hunger at bay but have more calories than nutritional value.
Furthermore, eating whole-grains helps your body with a healthier distribution of fat, specifically leaving you with less belly fat which scientists refer to as "central adiposity."
This is especially important for working mums who are so occupied, you have little to no time to go to the gym, you are always taking care of others that you neglect taking care of yourself. This is where eating whole-grain snacks step in as they provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay slim, fit and healthy.
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4. Whole-grains are a better source for antioxidants than fruits.
While it is highly recommended that mums eat 2 servings of fruits daily, did you know that whole-grains have valuable antioxidants that cannot be found in fruits and vegetables?
These include thiamine, riboflavin and niacin which aid with metabolism and Folic acid which is critical for preventing birth defects in babies. Whole-grains also contain vitamin E, magnesium, iron and fibre.
5. Whole-grains will help you live longer.
According to Huffingtonpost.com, a study found that women who ate four to seven servings a week of whole-grains had a 31 per cent lower risk of dying from causes other than cancer or heart disease when compared with women who had few or no whole-grains in their diet.
This study is complemented by research done at Harvard which found that, "A diet high in whole-grains and cereal fibres reduces the risk of premature death from chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease and diabetes."
Given the nutritional benefits whole-grains have, NutreMill recommends that busy mums take time to drink a cup of NutreMill Cereal everyday. Each cup contains at least 27 per cent whole grain goodness that releases natural energy steadily throughout the day.
It also contains Calcium, Vitamins A, B1 and E, is trans fat free and is available in 5 variants (Original, Oats, Brown Rice, Reduced Sugar and Chocolate). NutreMill Cereal is available in all leading supermarkets for $3.50 - $4.50 per pack of 20 sachets x 27g - 35g.
Easy to make and quick to consume, NutreMill Cereal is perfect for mums like you who need to stay strong and healthy as you go through 168 hours per week taking care of the people you love.