The Backbone of a Meal

Energy Food Element Found in Wheat

 

                There are two foods which in themselves may be termed complete, insomuch as their constituents meet the body’s every need. One is mother’s milk and the other is wheat. It is not without reason that wheat is spoken of as the “staff of life,” for in the wheat berry is found every food element that the body needs, perfectly blended and balanced. In planning meals of a health-giving nature, wheat gives the finest support around which to build.

Among the natural foods, wheat and the other cereals may be expected to supply the greater bulk of a meal. Cereals, as a whole, give energy and heat, and if we are careful to select the whole grain of whole grain products, they will supply also the vitamins and mineral salts to keep the body perfectly well.

Wheat, as the perfectly balanced food, is the ideal backbone for any meal. It is supplied to us in so many different forms that many changes can be made in a week’s menu. For instance, shredded wheat is all wheat, and is an easily adapted food for breakfast, luncheon or dinner dishes. Wholemeal bread, rolls and biscuits made of wheatmeal flour are again excellent. When buying prepared cereals and breadstuff, it is always wise to get well-known brands.  We are sure then of purity. In its flour form, wheat lends itself readily to misuse, and adulteration is no often easily detected.

Wheat is one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest of foods, and one that is suitable to serve in conjunction with every kind of foodstuff. Its balanced nature makes it easily digestible.

Other cereals should be used too, to make changes in our meals, although nothing rivals wheat as a complete food. Coming after wheat, rye and barley are splendid foods, but lacking in gluten, do not make such good breads. Oats are the heaviest of the home-grown cereals, and are excellent foods for winter times and northern climes. They are very heating, and also neutralizing to an acid condition if used in small quantities.

When Cereals are Dextrinising

Indian corn or maize is rich in oil, and useful in cold weather. It is suitable as a food in the American climate. Rice, if unpolished, is a light and easily digested cereal, and combining well with other foods may be used to provide an excellent variation on occasion.

With wheat as the backbone, and other cereals supplementing as an occasion demand, our meals will always have nutritive value and sustenance.—B. Stanley

New Health.