Whole grains are a great source of nutrients and fiber. Whole grains are important to have in your diet because their high fiber content helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and many other health complications. When shopping for groceries, you should be aware that there are two types of grain, refined grain and whole grain. Whole grain contains the entire kernel with the endosperm, bran, and wheat germ, while refined just contains the endosperm. Adding whole grains to your diet can be harder than it seems. Not everything brown is whole wheat. Make sure you read the packaging closely. If a package reads “whole wheat,” that means the product must be made with 100% whole wheat flour. If a product says “multi-grain” or “seven grain,” it does not always mean that it is a whole grain product.
There are many ways to add whole grains into your diet! A good start is with breakfast. You can have a whole-grain cereal or oatmeal for an easy and quick meal to start your day off right! Another strategy is to switch out white rice with brown rice. There is even whole grain pasta to replace refined pasta! Look at the packaging of breads, bagels, tortillas, and buns and make sure you are choosing whole grain! Did you know that there is whole grain popcorn? It makes a great snack and an easy way of adding fiber and whole grains into your diet!