whole grains

Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, corn or another cereal is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal and grits are all grain products. Whole grains contain the entire grain – the bran, germ and endosperm. Whole grains are generally good sources of dietary fiber. Examples include whole-wheat flour, oatmeal, whole cornmeal, brown rice and bulgur. Dietary fiber from whole grains, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber-containing foods such as whole grains help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories and so may help with weight management.

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