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  • Writer's pictureTracey Sinibaldi

Whole Grains 101

Navigating the nutrition world can be confusing, to say the least. There's tons of information out there -- good and bad. So why don't we start with some basics? You've probably heard of whole grains before, but never really looked into what that means and why you should care.

Whole grains include grains found in wheat, corn, rice, quinoa, rye, barley, oats, and more. You might already be eating whole grains and not even know it! But, how do you know if something is or is not whole grains? Some packaged foods will have a stamp, letting you know it's whole grains. Others will rely on its name. For example, "whole grain bread", "whole wheat", "brown rice", or "oatmeal".

Why Whole Grains?

Whole grains are a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Sometimes a better source than fruits and vegetables! Whole grains contain some antioxidants that cannot be found in fruits and vegetables, as well as the all-important B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, magnesium, and fiber.

If you don't believe me -- believe the science. Numerous studies conclude that eating whole grains can reduce one's risk for many chronic diseases, heart disease, stroke. diabetes, cancer, and obesity. So, if you haven't already, try giving whole grains a shot!

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