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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Eating an average of 2.5 servings of whole grain foods each day can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by almost one-quarter

What's new in Whole Grains

Arugula Salad with Chicken, Dates and Buckwheat Hemp Crumble
Crispy, crunchy textures don’t have to come at a nutritional cost. In fact, one of the most versatile sources of texture and crunch is a place you might not have thought to look: whole grains.
Field of amaranth
Most of us are used to going to the grocery store to buy our grains, but have you ever wondered if you could grow your own grains at home? Whether you have a small space to grow in the city or have a spacious garden in the suburbs, amaranth is a garden-friendly whole grain.
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Explore what recent updates to WIC and school meal programs have to say about whole grains, and how they might impact whole grain consumption in children moving forward.