Whole grains or foods made from them contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked), the food product should deliver the same rich balance of nutrients that are found in the original grain seed.
There are three main components of whole grains, which include the bran (outer layer rich in fiber), the endosperm (the main calorie source), and the germ (which is rich in B vitamins and minerals). Consuming grains in their whole form guarantee the full nutritional benefits of calories, micronutrients, and fiber.
Brian, our Registered Dietitian hosted an educational event on the benefits of whole grains this past Wednesday.