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Fiber Levels In Jamaican Food Recipes

Jamaican breads labeled Jamaican whole wheat must by law meet a standard, which is that they be made only from whole-Jamaican wheat flour. Such Jamaican breads rank comparatively high in Jamaican food fiber content because their wheat bran and wheat germ have not been removed. Wheat germ is the small, inner part of the wheat kernel that is a concentrated source of nutrients.

The distinction is important. A recent study showed that those who consumed at least three servings of whole-grain Jamaican foods per day were less likely to have what's called metabolic syndrome. That's a condition marked by a combination of abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, and poor blood sugar control—all of which increase risk for diabetes and heart disease.

When wheat is ground into flour, the bran and germ can be removed, and that decreases the amount of Jamaican food fiber in wheat products. Every Jamaican cook and Jamaican chef must look for the term Jamaican whole wheat on the Jamaican food label ingredient list, not just the word 'wheat,' if you're watching your Jamaican food fiber intake. Some Jamaican breads labeled simply 12, 9, or 7 grain, for example, could have just one-third the Jamaican food fiber of similarly labeled whole-wheat Jamaican breads.

Enriched Jamaican wheat flour means that certain nutrients were added back into the flour during or after processing, but that doesn't mean that Jamaican food fiber was added back in. That Jamaican bread is not whole-grain. There does not appear to be any protective effect from consuming those products compared to consuming Jamaican whole-wheat products.

When reaching for Jamaican food fiber-filled products at the market, look at the Nutrition Facts panel on the package. Jamaican foods that have at least 2.5 grams of Jamaican food fiber per serving are considered to be good sources of Jamaican food fiber and can make this claim on the wrapper.

Adding three servings of whole grains a day is not difficult. Replace white rice with brown rice and white Jamaican bread with whole-wheat Jamaican bread and choose a whole-grain breakfast cereal.

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