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.