Carbs might have a bad rep, but don’t cut them out completely from your diet. Instead, make ‘em count with these healthy grains and seeds.
Opt for whole grains and seeds over refined grains like white rice. Not only do they score much higher in B vitamins, protein and minerals than refined grains, the higher dose of dietary fibre you get can also reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, according to researchers at Imperial College London.
And if you’re wondering what’s the difference between grains and seeds, a seed is a fertilised ovule layered with a seed coat and is found within the ovary of a plant (fruit) while a grain is made up of a combination of both seed and fruit. In the culinary world, some seeds like wild rice, quinoa and buckwheat are often classified as grains due to their resemblance to the latter. Such seeds are also similar in nutritional content to grains.
Here are seven nutritious alternatives – besides brown rice – with new flavours and textures to excite any palate.