Healthy Examples Of Whole Grain Foods
When in doubt, check the label.
When searching for healthy examples of whole grain foods look for the word 'whole grain' on the package. Whole grain should also appear in the first items that are listed in the ingredient section.
Whole grains haven't had their bran and germ removed by milling, making them good sources of fiber; the part of plant-based foods that your body doesn't digest. Among many health benefits, high-fiber foods also tend to make you feel full longer.
Refined grains, such as white rice or white flour, have both the bran and germ removed from the grain. Although vitamins and minerals are added back into refined grains after the milling process, they still don't have as many nutrients as whole grains do, and they don't provide as much fiber naturally.
How To Choose The Healthiest Whole Grains
As often as possible, eat whole-grain versions rather than refined grains. They are nutritional better for you.
Whole-grain versions of rice, bread, cereal, flour, and pasta can be found in many grocery stores. Many whole grain foods come ready to eat. These include a variety of breads, pastas, and cereals.
Healthy examples include:
- Whole wheat bread
- Whole wheat pasta
- Whole wheat crackers
- Wild rice
- Brown rice
- Bulgur (cracked wheat)
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