Multigrain means a food item that contains more than two grains. The combination of grains can be anything such as corn, flaxseeds, ragi, bajra, etc. It is a good idea to incorporate multigrain in your meal for better health.
Multigrain simply indicates the addition of many grains but it does not imply how the grains are processed. The grains used in multigrain atta may be refined grains or refined flours. In the process of refining, the grains lose the nutrients they contain. Still multigrain can benefit health if the grains used are whole grains.
Benefits of multigrain
Multigrain products are a rich source of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. They also have a good amount of manganese, selenium, and vitamin B. To maximize the benefits of multigrain it is important to make sure the grains used are whole.
The calorie content in multigrain products may be the same as in other products but the nutrient value differs.
Multigrain contains complex carbs and a lot of protein. Complex carbs generate energy by breaking down slowly and thus promote weight loss.
High protein content supports tissue repair and boosts immunity.
High fiber content keeps you full for a long and aids in weight management and weight loss.
Multigrain and weight loss
Multigrain products made from whole grains have abundant fiber content. Fibrous foods improve metabolism and are good for the digestive system. Multigrain flours have lactic acid and this maintains the flora of the large intestine. Dietary fiber improves the absorption of nutrients and prevents digestive health issues commonly constipation. A good metabolism and healthy digestion support weight loss.
Maintains the level of blood sugar
Multigrain is the food for diabetics. Multigrain flour that includes jowar, bajra, ragi are rich in nutrients, and fiber, and has a low glycemic index. A low glycemic index means slow absorption of sugar (glucose) in the blood.
The complex carb content provides energy to the body without raising the level of blood sugar.
Supports heart health
Multigrain flours contain insoluble fiber. It helps prevent gallstones, lowers cholesterol levels, and keeps the heart healthy. Lowering the cholesterol indicate fat burn and this can help in the weight loss process.
Enriched with nutrients, iron, calcium, and multigrain can have various health benefits.
Multigrain made from whole grains is good to taste buds and also good for overall health and weight loss. So, swap your single flour atta with multigrain atta and a single flour bread with multi-grain bread. Pick the food products wisely to get the maximum benefit for overall health and weight loss efforts.