September is Whole Grains Month and a great time to reinforce the message of the USDA MyPlate and promote healthy choices by making at least 1/2 your grains whole grains!
What are whole grains?
Whole grains are full of health-promoting nutrients and complex carbohydrates. They contain all parts of the grain, which helps keep your heart healthy and gives you long-lasting energy.
How can you determine if a food is whole grain?
Look for the word "whole" in the FIRST ingredient listed, such as "100% whole-grain" or "whole wheat". An easy way to look for whole grain foods is to look for the Whole Grain stamp from the Whole Grains Council.
Some popular whole grains include:
- Brown rice
- Whole-wheat bread, cereals, crackers, pasta
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