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Today's Nutrition Tip
"White wheat," often not as good as the brown stuff
"Whole grain white" bread or flour is made from light colored white wheat kernels. In contrast, regular whole-wheat bread is made with red wheat, which is darker in color. The white wheat comes from an albino variety of wheat that differs from the traditional red wheat kernels. They're equally matched in terms of nutrition; however, the white has a milder, sweeter taste. The problem is that the regulations governing the labeling of white wheat products are nebulous. White wheat on the label can consist of virtually anything, but generally comprises a mixture of 100% whole grain and white flour. Furthermore, the white wheat is more heavily processed than the 100% whole grain flour to make the product taste more like its refined cousins, though the jury is still out regarding exactly how much nutrition is lost in the processing. The product is marketed to regular consumers of white bread who want to consume more whole grains for the health benefits but just can't quite take the plunge to eating 100% whole grain products. So, for those people, the new "white wheat" products are a better choice than refined white bread products. The bottom line is, nutrition-wise, your best bet is to routinely go for the 100% WHOLE wheat products that have been less processed, contain all three parts of the original wheat kernel and have been shown scientifically to help prevent chronic disease. Look on the ingredients list and the first ingredient should have the word "whole" in it, regardless of the color of the wheat grain!
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Today's Nutrition Tip
Cuckoo for coconut (water, that is).
Coconut water is the new Muscle Milk. No, it's not the same thing as the saturated-fat-laden coconut milk derived from the meat of the coconut but is instead the thin, watery stuff that drains out when you break a young, green coconut open. One cup of the water contains a mere 46 calories but is chock-full of electrolytes and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C, plus it's got less than 0.5 grams of fat and provides a nice source of fiber.
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