Why Should I Eat Whole Grains?

You’ve probably heard health experts make recommendations about eating whole grains.  But do you know what whole grains are and why they are important?  Get those answers and find out why the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we choose whole grains for at least half of our grain products.

What Are Whole Grains?

Whole grains products are those that are made with the entire kernel: the bran, germ and endosperm.  Some cereals, oatmeal, breads, pasta and other products are made with whole grains. Popcorn is another popular whole grain.

Why Do Whole Grains Matter?

If you are trying to lose weight, whole grains products will help you to feel fuller longer.   Whole grains are an excellent source of fiber, selenium, potassium and magnesium.  Whole grains are naturally low in fat and have been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Learn more about whole grains in this video from the USDA then check back on Thursday to learn how to choose and buy whole grains.


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