Whole Grain Tips


Make Half Your Grains Whole

June 20, 2021

Nutrition Education Series

Hi Angels Working On Earth Family!

Whole grains provide us with fiber, which is important to our gut health. Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain is a grain product. Some examples are bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits. Whole grains benefit use because they are made from complex carbohydrates. On the flip side, some grains, contain a type of carbohydrate that can cause digestive distress. Gluten can cause problems for some. There are gluten-free products on the market that people with Gluten allergies can ingest. Here are two tips that can help you eat whole grains.

1. Healthy Snacks

Popcorn is a whole grain that makes a healthy snack. Make with little or no butter. Or try 100 % whole wheat or rye crackers. Make sure to choose products that name a whole grain product first on the list. Look for whole wheat, brown rice, buckwheat, oatmeal, whole oats, or wild rice.

2. Baking

If you prefer not to eat whole wheat, experiment by substituting buckwheat, millet, or oat flour for up to half the flour in pancakes, waffles, muffins, bread, or other flour recipes. Foods labeled as multi-grain, stone-ground, 100 % wheat, cracked wheat, seven-grain, or bran are not 100% whole grain products, and may not contain any whole grain. Use the nutrition fact label to check the fiber content of whole-grain foods. Good sources of fiber contain 10% to 19% of the daily value. Better sources contain 20% or more.


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