By: Treyvon Gilyard 3hr
- Grains are important sources of many nutrients, including dietary fiber, several B vitamins and minerals
- The B vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin play a key role in metabolism – they help the body release energy from protein, fat, and carbohydrates. B vitamins are also essential for a healthy nervous system.
- Whole grains are sources of magnesium and selenium. Magnesium is a mineral used in building bones and releasing energy from muscles.
Benefits From the Grains Group
- Consuming whole grains as part of a healthy diet may reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Consuming foods containing fiber, such as whole grains, as part of a healthy diet, may reduce constipation.
- Eating whole grains may help with weight management.
- Eating grain products fortified with folate before and during pregnancy helps prevent neural tube defects during fetal development.
Whole Grains contain the entire grain kernel- the bran, germ, and endosperm. Examples are oatmeal, whole-grain flour cornmeal, etc.
Refined Grains- have been milled , a process that moves germs and bran. This is done to give grains fiber texture and improve their shelf life.
Food Label Tips
- Check the severing size
- Understand the percentages