“Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food.”
This quote is typically attributed to Hippocrates of Kos, an ancient Greek physician who is considered the father of western medicine. He founded the Hippocratic School of Medicine which revolutionized the practice of medicine in ancient Greece, establishing it as a separate profession in its own right.
What if the foods you eat could not only heal you, but add years to your life?
A recent Archives of Internal Medicine study shows that eating more whole grains might help you live longer. Health experts already know that fiber in grains reduces your risk of dying from cardiovascular, respiratory and infectious diseases. Not only that, whole grains deliver more nutrients than refined grains.
Here are 4 carbohydrates you should consider adding to your diet right away:
Oatmeal - soluble fiber in oats is associated with heart health and will help you feel fuller for longer. Having oats for breakfast avoids the sharp glucose and insulin spikes in your blood that typically happen with refined or processed foods, reducing your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
In fact a steaming bowl of hot, nourishing oatmeal is the perfect to start off a winter day. You can set it up beforehand with an overnight slow cooker, which eliminates the need for constant stirring. Steel-cut oats are better for this preparation, as old-fashioned oats become too soft during slow cooking.
Quinoa - A big pot of quinoa (or barley) is a perfect solution to what you’re going to have for lunch all week. You can use it as a base and add vegetables and herbs you have on hand, along with roasted nuts, dried fruit, a little olive oil and lemon juice for a very healthy and nutritious lunch.
Whole-grain pasta - will give you about 6 grams of fiber per serving. You can add to its health benefits by supplementing it with veggies, beans and lean sources of protein, like chicken or fish.
Popcorn - believe it or not, every cup of popped popcorn contains one gram of fiber. Not only that, gram for gram, popcorn contains up to 3 times more polyphenols - powerful antioxidants linked to improving heart health and reducing cancer risk - than kidney beans (the highest vegetable polyphenol source) and 4 times more than cranberries (the best fruit source), according to recent research out of the University of Scranton.
Given their powerful health benefits, why not add these 4 live-giving carbs to your diet today?
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