Whole grains promote good health
There is a strong link between eating whole grains and health. Whole grains contain dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals (plant compounds) that work together to lower risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Whole grains contain all three parts of the kernel of grain: the bran, the endosperm, and the germ. Examples of whole grains are oatmeal, brown rice, millet, and whole grain wheat, and products made with whole grains, like 100% whole grain bread and pasta. See Whole Wheat, Whole Grains, and Refined Grains: What’s the Difference? to learn more.
Choose whole grains when you shop. Look for 100% whole grain on package labels or the word "whole" in front of the type of grain on the ingredient list.
Add whole grains to your meals
- Try a New Whole Grain!
- Eat whole grain whole wheat cereals and bread.
- Make buckwheat pancakes and whole grain, whole wheat waffles.
- Add cooked brown rice, hulled barley, or cooked wheat berries to soups and salads.
- Change your pasta from white to whole grain.
- Stir whole grain cereal into yogurt for a tasty snack.
- Replace up to half the white flour with whole grain whole wheat flour in your recipes.
- Add cooked brown rice or whole grain bread crumbs to ground meat.
- See Inspiring Healthy Eating for recipes using whole grains.