Learn about whole grains

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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...
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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...
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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.
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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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Sprouting whole grains increases many of the grains’ key nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin C, folate, and fiber.

What's new in Whole Grains

Assorted grains, beans, and seeds
Nearly every cuisine has its own variation of “rice and beans” or “whole grains and pulses.” Pulses (the food group that includes beans, peas, lentils, and chickpeas) are natural partners for whole grains from both a culinary and a nutrition science perspective.
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Recent trends toward the local, sustainable and artisan have inspired many to look back to a time when small food economies were the only way of life. Those curious about past grain economies need look no further than the grist mill.
Bulgur Pilaf
As rates of chronic disease have risen over the past several decades, there has been growing global interest in the connections between diet and health. In Latin America, health and wellness are driving many consumer trends, and as consumers are becoming more food-conscious and globally-integrated...