Mighty Grains

Mighty Grains

Whole grains are important sources of many nutrients, including dietary fiber, several B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folate), and minerals (iron, magnesium and selenium). Make whole grains at least half of the grains your child eats. Dietary fiber from whole grains or other foods may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Fiber also is important for proper bowel function and it helps reduce constipation. Fiber-containing foods such as whole grains help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.

Reviewed August 2013

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  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

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    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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