Do you know the difference between whole grains and refined grains? Many people do not.
Refined grains do not contain all parts of the grain. During the milling process, the bran and germ are removed, leaving only the endosperm. This results in refined grains, which contain less fiber and fewer vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients than whole grains. Whole grains have not had their bran and germ removed by the milling process, which makes them a richer source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Whole grains contain all three parts of the grain – the germ, endosperm and bran. The nutrients contained in whole grains work together to provide you with the maximum health benefits.
Whole grains are versatile and can be easily incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. A variety of whole grain foods are available at your grocery store. Here are a few simple ways you can add whole grains to your diet: