Posted by: NAT | 2004/11/14

Unrefined and wholemeal only?!

Hi there,
Now almost everyone knows that white refine sugar is bed for you. What about other things like white rice, pasta, white flour, ect. Is it better for your heath to eat just brown rice, wholemeal pasta, bread, brown sugar, bake with wholemeal flour? Is brown rice healthier compare to basmati rice? What is better to feed your toddler with "white" or "brown" stuff and from what age. Please, tell me a bit more on this subject. Thanks.

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Dear Nat
Yes, you are correct, it is healthier to use unsifted, unrefined and/or high-fibre carbohydrates in your daily diet. These is little difference between brown and white sugar, so you could use either in moderation. Pasta, if made with Durum wheat, has a low GI, so it is regarded as a healthy carb. The reason why brown rice is preferred to Basmati rice is that the former has a low glycaemic index (GI), while Basmati rice has a moderate GI. You can certainly feed toddlers from the age of about 2 on unsifted, unprocessed carbs. Click on 'Diet' and 'Diet Basics' and read the articles on the Glycaemic Index). Foods with a low GI keep blood sugar levels constant for longer, which is a positive thing. Avoid foods with a high GI such as refined, white bread, white rice, potatoes, etc.
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