Grains vs root vegetables
What should I eat, what’s best for me and what’s healthy?
In a world filled with confusion, products and belief systems hopefully here I can bring a bit of clarity as to the difference between grain, root vegetables and what’s best for you.
Just so we’re clear here are some examples:
- Brown Rice
- Wheat Bread
- Root Vegetables-
- Sweet Potato
Vegetables contain high levels of minerals and vegetables which are essential for optimal health, if you want to be healthy, if you want to lose weight or grow muscle you need to include some vegetables in your diet, there’s no doubt about that.
Grains also contain minerals and vitamins, not to the extent of vegetables but they can of beneficial to a well-balanced diet.
Both grains and vegetables can be high FODMAPS depending on your selection so there’s no real winner there either.
Where vegetables and grains are really separated is in the calorie department. The single most important factor in weight management.
Vegetables are vastly less calorie dense than grains, hence you can have a lot more vegetables before you started getting fat than grains.
100g Broccoli = about 34calories
100g Cooked Brown Rice = about 112calories
The other difference is some grains do contain gluten which can play havoc with digestion.
Now that’s not to say that some vegetables won’t cause you digestive issue either, everyone has food sensitivities and that goes for meats, fats, grains and vegetables, everything.
So what’s best and what should I eat?
There’s no foods that can really be labelled as ‘best’. THERE IS A BEST FOR YOU THOUGH. If grains feel good, then eat grains, if grains cause you some issues then eat less and the same goes for anything that you eat.
If you’re looking to lose weight then maybe utilise some vegetables to fill you up rather than grains but…….
A well balanced diet is what’s best. Some grains, some vegetables whatever makes you feel good and contributes towards your health goals.
A well balanced diet that’s designed specifically for you and your personal physiology and personal goals tops the list though.
I hope that’s helped a bit and I hope you all enjoy your food.