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Why it's Important to Eat Grains, especially Whole Grains

Health Benefits of Eating Grains

  • Consuming foods rich in fiber, such as whole grains, as part of a healthy diet, reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

  • Consuming foods rich in fiber, such as whole grains, as part of a healthy diet, may reduce constipation.

  • Eating at least 3 ounce equivalents a day of whole grains may help with weight management.

  • Eating grains fortified with folate before and during pregnancy helps prevent neural tube defects during fetal development.

Nutrients of Grains

  • Grains are important sources of many nutrients, including dietary fiber, several B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate), and minerals (iron, magnesium, and selenium).

  • Dietary fiber from whole grains, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk