Eating whole grains

Various dried grain kernels and ears of various grains.Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel and refined grains contain only the starchy part of the kernel. Whole grains have more fiber, vitamins, and minerals than refined grains. Some refined grains are “enriched,” which means a few of the vitamins and minerals are added back. However, fiber and many other nutrients are not. The nutrients found in whole grains are important for heart health and healthy digestion. Whole grains also help you manage your weight because they help you feel and stay full. You can add a variety of whole grains to your diet by cooking and eating brown rice, whole grain pasta, oats, quinoa, barley, and whole grain breads. Try several different whole grain products because the taste will vary with different brands. Get healthy with whole grains! 

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