Refined grains are unhealthy because the milling process, which is designed to increase a product's shelf life, strips out healthy fiber and nutrients that have been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, certain c... More »

Refined foods are foods altered from their original state. In exchange for altering the texture of the original grain or sugar, nutrients are lost and shelf-life is generally increased. More »

Some common whole grain foods include bread, pasta, rolled oats and brown rice. Bread wheat that is classified as hard has a higher amount of protein and gluten than the soft wheat kernels used for flour. Whole grain bre... More »

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Instant noodles are a popular and cheap source of carbohydrates and fat, but they also increase people's risk of metabolic changes, potentially leading to heart disease, diabetes and strokes. They contain high amounts of... More »

Dietary fiber eases waste removal in the body's excretory system and reduces the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and obesity, according to Mayo Clinic. Women under 50 need to consume approximately 25 grams of ... More »

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The benefits of the Mediterranean diet plan are that the plan is heart healthy, it lowers the risk for many diseases (heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other cancers), it increases a person's energy levels and often en... More »

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According to the Mayo Clinic, fiber prevents and relieves constipation, helps to maintain a healthy weight and lowers the risk of diabetes and heart disease. There are two types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fibe... More »