Eating the whole plant, including the skin or
outer hulls can have many benefits.
Fiber is known to be
beneficial for maintaining stable blood sugar levels and preventing insulin
resistance, a major factor in obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Hulls found on grains,
such as wheat and rice contain nutritional elements including vitamins.
The skins of certain
fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants and cancer fighting nutrients.
The recommendation to include whole foods in the
diet goes far beyond maintaining a healthy weight; it may well prevent
conditions such as osteoporosis that requires adequate supplies of vitamins and
minerals in the proper balance especially in women beginning in their early