Whole grains contain three parts: the bran, the germ and the endosperm. Refined grains only contain the endosperm. The bran and germ help keep your body healthy, your skin glowing and your hair shiny. Including whole grains as part of a healthy diet has been shown to help reduce cardiovascular disease, lower body weight and reduce incidence of diabetes. Some whole grains are: barley, quinoa, oats, brown rice, or whole-grain pastas, breads, or cereals. Make sure to check the ingredient list for “whole-grain.” To make white flour for baked goods, nutrient-rich parts of the grain – bran and germ – are removed.
Reviewed June 2013