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Whole Grains—It’s All Good

Southwest Pork and Rice BowlWe're celebrating Whole Grains Month this September by highlighting the benefits of eating this important source of nutrients. Americans eat enough grains on average, but most of the time these are refined grains, such as those found in white bread and white rice. Refined grains, when not enriched or fortified, can lack fiber, minerals, and many B vitamins found in whole grains. Don't miss out on those nutrients; choose whole grains at least half the time.

Bountiful Benefits

Eating grains, especially whole grains, provides many nutrients that are vital for good health, including dietary fiber, several B vitamins, and minerals.

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Your Daily Whole Grains

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that all Americans ages 9 and up make at least half of their grains whole grains, about 3 to 5 servings of whole grains every day. The amount of calories you need may vary according to your age and activity level.

Servings of Whole Grains are Defined as Any of the Following:

 

Know Your Whole Grains

Choose foods that feature one of the following whole grains first on the label's ingredient list: brown rice, bulgur, graham flour, oatmeal, whole-grain corn, whole oats, whole rye, or whole wheat.

Tips for Eating More Whole Grains:

 

Source: “Nutrients and Health Benefits." United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): ChooseMyPlate.gov. June 12, 2015.

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