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!

Our mission

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?

Refining wheat removes half or more of a wide range of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients – including 78% of its fiber.

What's new in Whole Grains

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Contrary to popular belief, there are actually only a few food crops that are grown as GMOs, including just one grain. And it's not the one you might think!...
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The new cookbook Mother Grains, by Roxana Jullapat, is a beautiful ode to not only to the amazing flavors baking with whole grains can yield, but to the growing local grain economies that are increasing access to whole grains and whole grain flours.
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Understanding that grains can feed more people when the nutritious bran and germ aren’t polished off, and when grains reach the mouths of people, rather than livestock, the Danish government responded to wartime food shortages by promoting a (mostly) vegetarian diet based around whole grains,...