The best “tonic” for whole grains
When it comes to tonics, people often think of tonics, meats or seafood.
In fact, the grains we usually eat are also good tonics.
There is a saying in Chinese medicine that the medicine and food are homologous. The medicinal properties of grains and cereals can be used to prevent and treat diseases, and are economical and practical, without side effects.
Rice: also known as japonica rice, has a sweet and flat taste, and has the effects of tonifying qi, strengthening the spleen and stomach, and eliminating thirst.
In the winter, the indoor heating is hot and the air is dry. Drink rice porridge in the morning and evening to avoid the trouble of dry mouth.
In particular, people with diabetes need to be reminded that different cooking methods of rice have different effects on blood sugar.
Studies have shown that dry rice cooked with the same amount of rice has less effect on blood sugar than porridge.
Therefore, eating dry rice for breakfast is helpful for controlling blood sugar in diabetics.
Millet: also known as millet, has a sweet and flat taste, has the effects of strengthening the spleen and stomach, and is suitable for spleen and stomach deficiency, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and postpartum and post-ill-health patients.
When millet porridge, a layer of delicate sticky matter floating on it is commonly called “rice oil”.
Chinese medicine believes that rice oil is extremely rich in nutrition and has the strongest nourishing power. There is a saying that “rice oil can substitute for ginseng soup”.
Wheat: Wheat has a sweet taste and a mild coldness. It has the effects of strengthening the spleen and kidney, and nourishing the heart and soothe the nerves.
Upset and insomniac can use wheat, rice and jujube together to make porridge.
In addition, wheat bran contains high dietary fiber, which can prevent and treat hyperlipoproteinemia, diabetes, atherosclerosis, hemorrhoids, senile constipation, and colon cancer.
Corn: sweet and flat, has the effects of strengthening the spleen and dampness, appetizing and nourishing, restoring heart and activating blood.
Linoleic acid in corn oil can prevent cholesterol from precipitating to the blood vessel wall and has a positive effect on preventing hypertension and coronary heart disease.
In addition, it also has diuretic and blood sugar-lowering properties, and is especially suitable for diabetics.
American scientists have also found that eating corn can stimulate brain cells and enhance human memory.
The lutein and zeaxanthin contained in corn can prevent the occurrence of macular degeneration in the eyes of the elderly.
Barley: Also known as barley, it contains far more protein than rice and noodles, is easy to digest and absorb, and is beneficial for reducing gastrointestinal burden and enhancing physical fitness.
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that barley has a mild taste and mild coldness, and has the effects of strengthening the spleen, nourishing the lungs, clearing heat, and dampening dampness.
Modern research proves that indica has anti-tumor, enhance immunity, lower blood sugar and other effects.
Cooking congee with rice or rice or adding an appropriate amount of rock sugar to eat can increase the appetite of tumor patients and reduce the side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
In addition, the millet contained in barley has an inhibitory effect on striated muscle, which can reduce wrinkles. People who love beauty may wish to eat more.
Sorghum: Sorghum is sweet and warm, and has the effect of strengthening the spleen and stomach.
Children with indigestion, can take sorghum into the pan and fry, remove the shell and flour, take 2-3 grams each time.
However, sorghum is warm and contains tannic acid with astringent antidiarrheal effect, which is not suitable for constipation.
Soybeans: Soybeans are flat and sweet, and have the effect of strengthening the spleen and invigorating the qi. Those with weak spleen and stomach should eat it often.
Various soybean products made from soybeans, such as tofu, soy milk, etc., also have medicinal properties: tofu can broaden and strengthen qi, clear heat and disperse blood, and is especially suitable for those who have phlegm, heat, asthma, cold, external feeling, and sore throat.