There's been a lot of attention recently on the subject of refined and unrefined carbohydrates, but what do these terms refer to and what is the healthiest option for you? To understand these terms, we first have to look at the grains that make out carbohydrates.
Grains like maize, wheat and oats consist of 3 components; namely the bran, endosperm and germ. Each component of the grain contains different nutrients. The bran is high in fibre, vitamins and minerals. The germ also contains many vitamins and minerals, as well as healthy fats. The endosperm mostly consists of carbohydrates.
When we refer to refined grains (not whole grain), we refer to a grain where the bran and the germ of the grain has been removed and only the endosperm is used in the food product. As most of the grain’s fibre, vitamins and minerals are found in the bran and germ, a refined grain is stripped from these beneficial nutrients and consists mainly of carbohydrates.
A whole grain or unrefined carbohydrate on the other hand has its bran and germ intact and therefore retains the nutritional properties attributed by these components. Whole grains are therefore recommended and have even been linked to the risk reduction of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders.
We should try to replace all refined carbohydrates in our diet with whole grains to reap the many rewards that they contain.
FUTURELIFE® and Whole Grain Goodness
FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ has a key ingredient we call SmartMaize™. This is no regular maize! It is the result of a unique patented cooking process, which gives it a distinct profile and a ‘unique fingerprint’, protecting the nutritional components in the maize. This means that all components of the maize grain remain intact, preserving the naturally occurring fibre, vitamins and minerals of the whole grain maize. This also provides FUTURELIFE® with its unique texture - this texture is thus your guarantee that FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ is high in dietary fibre.