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“Heshley Barbara…” Wheat is what?

Who among us has not watched or took part in the stroll of the neighborhood’s children during these days of the year, who would run and knock at the doors of neighbors, friends and family and sing happily and loudly “Heshley Barbara, Ma3 banat el hara…” Katayef stuffed with kashta or nuts, macarons, 3awamat, boiled wheat… We find, during this time of the year, many varieties of delights that adorn our plates and provide warmth and blessing to our cold evenings. Among such delights, I have chosen to talk today about boiled wheat which brings us a lot of advantages, out of which are the following:

– Let us say, first, that whole wheat (with its shell) is a food that’s rich in fibers and thus it helps regulate bowel movements (and this makes it a good fighter against constipation). Such high fiber content also promotes faster satiety.
– Moreover, wheat is a good source of vitamins (B1, B2, B3, E) and minerals (iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus).
– Various studies has proven that whole wheat may contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
– Wheat helps also lower cholesterol levels due to its richness in phytosterols.
– Also, wheat is referenced to contribute to a lower risk of colon cancer.

On the other hand, it’s always interesting for us to consume a small cup of whole wheat (unless this is not advisable for some of us for health reasons) with some raw nuts and almonds. By doing so, not only do we get an extra dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but this provides us also a good source of essential fatty acids (omega 3) which are particularly found in nuts and almonds. Thus, such a small cup could well represent a nice and beneficial dessert that we would share with loved ones during this season. It can also serve as a satisfying snack that we may consume occasionally or in case of hunger between meals.

Finally, and whatever your choice may be, I wish you all a happy Saint Barbara holiday filled with health and peace of mind.

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