What Are Whole Grains?

Whole Grains

Confused about what make a grain a whole grain? Learn the difference and why it matters.

Whole grains, such as whole wheat, corn, oats, and barley, contain the entire grain – the bran, germ and endosperm. Not only are they a delicious addition to your meals, and often a good source of fiber, most whole grains contain healthful nutrients such as B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, folic acid, and niacin), minerals (magnesium, selenium, copper, and iron), and vitamin E.

When selecting a whole-grain food, read the label. Choose foods that list whole grains first in the ingredient list, such as “whole wheat,” “oatmeal,” “whole oats,” “graham flour,” and “whole rye.”

To learn more about whole grains, visit the Grain Foods Foundation.


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