Whole Grains for Health

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a variety of whole grains and corn

As the weather gets cooler, it’s a great time to enjoy the delicious taste and health benefits of whole grains. Try them in breads and side dishes. According to the Dairy Council of California, whole grains play an important part in reducing the risk of some chronic diseases. Grains contain fiber, B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and folate)  that help the body release energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates. Whole grains also have minerals (iron, magnesium and selenium). The iron found in whole grains helps to carry oxygen through the blood stream. Magnesium is important in bone development and releasing energy from muscles. Selenium supports the immune system.

The fiber found in whole grains helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower the risk of heart disease. Of course, fiber is also essential to healthy bowel function.

The USDA recommends three to eight ounces of grains daily and half of your daily grains be whole grains.