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What are wholegrains?
Foods that are made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or any another cereal grain are grain products. Grain products are bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, and tortillas. When selecting grains, it is important to remember that whole grains are preferable to refined grains. Wholegrains are cereal grains that contain bran and germ as well as the endosperm, in contrast to refined grains, which retain only the endosperm. Wholegrains can generally be sprouted while processed grains generally will not sprout.
(definition from Wikipedia)
Whole grain products include breads, pastas, and cereals that are made with 100% whole grain and not with white processed flours. Whole grains are made from the whole kernels of grain, that is both the inside part of the grain and the outer covering. Processed flours remove the outer covering which gives a lighter texture and taste to baked goods but removes a lot of the nutrition and fiber. Enriched breads have some nutrients returned to the bread, so be sure to read the labels when you are shopping.
There isn’t much of a difference between 100% whole wheat bread and 100% whole grain bread. According to the USDA Nutrient Database one slice of whole grain, or seven grain bread would have almost identical nutritional value as one slice of whole wheat bread.
There are other sources for whole grains besides breads and pastas. Whole grain foods and flours include 100% whole wheat, brown rice, bulger, corn, buckwheat, oatmeal, spelt, and wild rice. The USDA suggests that each of us get at least three servings of whole grains every day.
Food manufacturers are also using more whole grains in regular kids’ cereals and using forms of whole grain flour that are very similar to white bread in texture and taste.
Some people do not like wholegrain or wholewheat product. It is because the taste is not very good 🙂 However you can try and change various type of food to stay healthy. You can get something extra from whole grain foods.