Why Eat Whole Grains
Why Whole Grain?
Whole grains are intact kernels that contain all the essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. To qualify as a whole grain, 100% of the bran, germ, and endosperm must be present. Whole grains are full of fiber, healthy bran, Vitamin E, magnesium, zinc and various antioxidants. Get in the habit of choosing the carbohydrates where the first ingredient on the label is “whole”.
Why not refined grains?
Refined grains are milled, which is a process that strips out both the bran and germ to give them finer texture and longer shelf life. By removing the bran and germ the grain loses protein, fiber, iron and many other important vitamins.
Why not enriched grains?
Enriched simply means that some of the nutrients are lost during processing and then are added back in. Enriched grains usually lose B vitamins and fiber. Fortifying means adding in nutrients that don’t occur naturally in the food. All refined grains are usually enriched and fortified with cheap vitamins and minerals.