What is so good about grains?
Grain foods are the foods we love that love us back. Whole grains and enriched grains provide key nutrients in the American diet, including fiber, folate, iron, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, zinc and vitamin B6.
Should I cut carbs?
Cutting carbs is one of the biggest nutritional myths. The truth is, carbs are found in so many foods that are good for us like fruit, vegetables, dairy, legumes and grains. Cutting carbs can often mean replacing them with foods that may be worse for your health in the long run like foods high in saturated fat – which may increase your risk for heart disease.
What grains are the best?
When choosing grains, opt for whole grains (at least half of the time, according to the dietary guidelines). Research has found that higher whole grain intake is linked to reduced mortality especially deaths related to cardiovascular disease.
How can I enjoy grain foods?
- Grain salad jars
- Low sugar, whole grain cereal with milk and fruit
- Whole wheat bread and peanut butter
- Quinoa salad
- Whole grain crackers and cheese
- Air-popped popcorn (3 cups = 1 serving of whole grains!)
What’s your favorite way to incorporate grains? You can learn more about the evidence-based benefits of grains at the Grain Foods Foundation.
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