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Whole grains are the seed or kernel of plants that store nutrients important in our diet and have been shown to have positive health benefits.
Whole grains are important sources of beneficial nutrients like protein, fibre, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. The health benefits associated with eating whole grains were initially attributed to the fibre content. Research now suggests that it is the complete package of vitamins minerals, phytochemicals and fibre that is responsible for its health benefits. Studies show that regular intake of whole grains can help to protect against a number of diseases such as coronary heart disease and also appear to lower the risk of certain types of cancer.
Whole grain products are not only healthy, but they also have a distinct effect on satiety. If you are watching your weight, it is very important for you to eat foods that make you feel full quickly and for a long period of time. Whole grain products are perfectly suited for this purpose, since they are rich in starches and dietary fibre.
Rye, wheat, rice, barley, oats and corn are types of whole grains found in a range of everyday foods, particularly in breads and cereals. Whole grains can be whole or processed. Even if the grain has been cracked, crushed, ground or extruded, made into flour, bread or cereal, it can still be called ‘whole grain’. Foods must contain 51% by weight of any combination of whole grains to be able to use the term ‘whole grain’.