GRAINS

FOOD IN THE GRAINS GROUP

Rice

Oats

Cornmeal

Any food made from wheat

2 SUB GROUPS

Whole Grain: has the entire grain kernel

Refined Grain: milled, a process that removes the bran and germ

WHAT IS AN OUNCE?

Cooked pasta

1 slice of bread

1/2 cup of cooked rice

NUTRIENTS

B Vitamins: help the body release energy from fat, protein, and carbohydrates

Iron: used to carry oxygen in the blood

Folate: helps the body form red blood cells

HEALTH BENEFITS

Reduce the risk of heart disease

Weight management

Reduce constipation

helps pregnant woman prevent natural tube defects during fatal development

FOOD LABEL

WHOLE GRAIN INGREDIENTS:

Popcorn

Oatmeal

Millet

Buckwheat

Brown rice

FOOD LABELS TIPS

Color is not an indication of a whole grain

Foods labeled "multi grain", "100%, "cracked wheat", and etc. are usually not whole grain