The Importance of Whole Grains in a Balanced Diet

Introducing whole grains into your diet is easy, beneficial, and nutritious. For maximum dietary health, whole grains should make up a substantial portion of a balanced diet, just as meats and vegetables should.

Whole grains contain:

  • High levels of fiber
  • Proteins
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

All of which, make whole grains a nutrient-rich food.

Some examples of whole grains include, whole-wheat, brown rice, and quinoa. Consistently incorporating whole grains into your diet can help prevent and reduce:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Cancer

Some simple ways to incorporate whole grains into your diet include:

  • Mix cooked brown rice and white rice together
  • Flavor whole grains by cooking them in low sodium broth or seasonings
  • Combine whole grains with chopped vegetables
  • Plan ahead because whole grains have a longer cook time

Whole grains provide a balanced source of nutrients our bodies need for development, growth, and metabolism. It is recommended that at least half of your daily grains be whole grains.

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/vary_your_whole_grains

https://extension.psu.edu/how-to-add-whole-grains-to-your-meals

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