Friday 3 July, 2020

Botanical Roots: Why you should eat bulgur

Pile of bulgur wheat (Photo: iStock)

Pile of bulgur wheat (Photo: iStock)

Eating fibre-rich whole grains, such as bulgur, can account for multiple health benefits including disease prevention and improved digestion.

Bulgur, an edible cereal grain made from dried, cracked wheat, was once looked down upon in Jamaica as the food of the poor and underprivileged. However, the whole grain food is a great source of magnesium, calories, carbohydrates, protein and folate.

The cereal grain can be used to make porridge, a stew and can be included in your rice and peas.

Consumption of the food item helps to reduce blood sugar response and lowers insulin levels, therefore assisting in controlling blood sugar levels.

Regular consumption of the whole grains can promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria which produces short-chain fatty acids, which support intestinal health and proper digestive function.

Eating bulgur may also be effective for treating and preventing digestive issues including constipation.

What's more, including bulgur alongside other fibre-rich foods as part of a balanced diet may support a healthy weight.

So, eat bulgur; it is easy to prepare and will keep the doctor away.

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