Learn about whole grains

All grains start life as whole grains . In their natural state growing in the fields, whole grains are the entire seed of a plant. This seed (also called a “kernel”) is made up of three edible parts – the bran, the germ, and the endosperm – protected by an inedible husk that protects the kernel from...
Check out our “Encyclopedia of Whole Grains” to get a quick overview of all the different grains you could sample, and a few interesting facts about each one. Then dive deeper if you want more...
Most people find whole grains are a delicious way to improve their health, and they enjoy the pleasures of choosing among all the different whole grains. However, the millions of people who can’t properly digest gluten must choose their grains carefully. Luckily for them, most grains are gluten free.
Consumers searching the grocery aisles for authentic whole grain foods now have an effective “search tool” – the Whole Grain Stamp. Making it easy for shoppers to spot whole grain foods helps close the Whole Grains Gap and promotes a goal long sought by nutrition and medical experts. That’s why the...
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Studies show that eating whole grains instead of refined grains lowers the risk of many chronic diseases. While benefits are greatest with at least 3 servings daily, some studies show reduced risks from as little as one serving daily. The message: every whole grain in your diet helps!

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The Whole Grains Council helps consumers find whole grain foods and understand their health benefits; helps manufacturers and restaurants create delicious whole grain foods; and helps the media write accurate, compelling stories about whole grains.

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Did you know?

Japanese soba noodles, Russian kasha, and crepes from Brittany in France all have one thing in common: they’re made with buckwheat.

What's new in Whole Grains

Bob Moore, founder of Bob's Red Mill, standing in front of the iconic red mill
Join us in wishing Bob Moore a happy 94th birthday, then read on for the history of Bob's Red Mill, Bob's philosophy on good health, and the story behind the iconic hats!...
Bob Moore leaning on boxes of Bob's Red Mill products
Find out what Bob Moore, founder of Bob's Red Mill, eats for breakfast, what grain he'd be, and his upcoming travel plans in this lighthearted Q&A! Stay tuned for more BRM x WGC collaborations in the next few weeks...
Young Boy Eating a Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread
Earlier this month, the USDA announced proposed updates to the school nutrition standards, including stricter limits for sugar and salt. However, when it comes to whole grains, the standards appear to be stuck in time, allowing a generation of children to risk falling short of their recommended...