Today on The VedaFoods Health Show with Dr. Jay Apte, we talk all about whole grains.
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Dr. Jay Apte is the most experienced, India trained Ayurveda practitioner in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. She has an integrated degree in Allopathic and Ayurvedic Medicine from Pune University in India. In addition, she also has a Master’s degree in bio-medical sciences (Pharmacology) and has completed coursework for a Masters degree in Nutritional sciences from University of California at Berkley.
After graduating in 1973, she worked as a Gynecologist in India for 9 years before migrating to the U.S. She has practiced Ayurveda for more than 35 years, nearly 30 years in the US, first in Dallas, Texas and now in Mountain View, California. Her sole focus is on providing the very best Ayurvedic (holistic) health care, including Panchakarma treatments, by bringing eastern wisdom and western knowledge together. She has helped thousands of clients suffering from a variety of illnesses such as Allergies, Asthma, Arthritis, Digestive Problems, Skin Conditions, Women’s Issues, Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Eczema, Psoriasis, Children suffering from ADD, Autism and many more.
She is currently a board member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and a past president of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM). She is an entrepreneur and has started various Ayurvedic businesses including Ayurvedic wellness center, Ayurveda academies (to teach Ayurvedic medicine around the U.S.), Herbal Care – first company to manufacture Ayurvedic Herbal supplements in the U.S. and AyurFoods – world’s first manufacturer of delicious and tasty, holistic and healthy Ayurvedic foods. She is a gifted teacher and has given seminars and lectures in various forums around the U.S. Dr. Jay enjoys nature walks and is very passionate about Ayurveda.
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Healthy eating is very important, and for sugar conscious people it becomes more challenging because many carbs (carbohydrates) spike up blood sugar.
Carbohydrates are the macronutrients and are essential for the body. They break down into glucose. Every cell in the body, including the brain, requires a constant supply of glucose as a fuel. Many grains are a good source of complex carbs, so what carbs you eat makes all the difference.
Processed grains with a high glycemic index are digested quickly and cause blood glucose (sugar) levels to spike rapidly. Grains that are high in fiber and with a low glycemic index are an ideal source of carbs, because they get digested slowly and raise blood sugar gently preventing glucose-sugar spikes. They also protect your heart and help you maintain a healthy weight.
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Here are few grains:
“Barley has become a rising star as a recommended food choice for those concerned about type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. “The grain contains essential vitamins and minerals and is an excellent source of dietary fiber, particularly beta-glucan soluble fiber.”
Findings from clinical trials reported in Nutrition Research and the Journal of the American College of Nutrition showed that people who ate foods containing barley experienced significant reductions in glucose and insulin responses compared to responses after eating similar products containing whole wheat and corn.
Another study published in the Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice Journal reported a 30-percent decrease in HbA1c (average blood glucose level) in people with type 2 diabetes who ate a healthy diet including pearl barley that supplied 18 grams of soluble fiber per day.
Barley is an excellent whole grain choice because:
- It has a high concentration of soluble (beta-glucan) dietary fiber.
- Studies have confirmed that beta-glucan soluble fiber is effective in promoting healthy blood sugar, reducing cholesterol, promoting healthy blood pressure and helping control weight, all conditions associated with diabetes.
- It has the lowest glycemic index (25).
- Ayurveda has recommended Barley as a food of Choice for the sugar conscious.
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