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Is Popcorn a Whole Grain? What Other Foods are Whole Grains?

Yes, popcorn is a whole grain. The Dietary Guidelines recommend at least three servings of whole grains every day. There are many options to choose from, including foods fortified with whole grains.

Common whole grains include:

  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • Oatmeal
  • Popcorn
  • Wild rice

For these choices, make sure the label says "whole" before the grain:

  • Whole-grain barley
  • Whole-grain cornmeal
  • Whole rye

Less common whole grains:

  • Amaranth
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Sorghum
  • Triticale