Goal: Make At Least Half Your Grains Whole

The American Dietetic Association suggests that we all try to choose whole grains over refined ones at least half of the time. I say, if you can, strive to do it more than that.

Substituting whole grains for refined ones will keep your digestion on track and help you feel fuller longer because they are higher in fiber. Whole grains also play an important role in reducing cancer risk. And, they don’t spike your blood sugar as much as refined grains do. It is especially important for diabetics to choose whole grains for this reason.

Whole grain bread and brown rice aren’t the only whole grain products out there. Popcorn, oats, corn tortillas, grits, bulgur and quinoa are also whole grain. Opt for whole grain cereals that aren’t sugar-coated ones.

When reading a food label on a whole grain product, check to make sure it has 3 grams of fiber or more per serving.

Both children and adults alike should be consuming at least 25-35 grams of fiber per day. When it comes to fiber, the more in your daily intake, the better.

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Tip sheet for make half your grains whole

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