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Eat More Whole Grains

Whole grains, an OrganWise Guys Foods of the Month, are a great food to incorporate when wanting to make small tweaks in your diet towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s not such a drastic change, but switching to whole grains will provide you with that all-important fiber, which is essential for healthy digestion.

Here are some interesting facts about whole grains:

  • Whole grains are unprocessed grains such as wheat, corn , rice, oats, barley, quinoa, sorghum, spelt, and rye.
  • The word “whole” in front of a particular grain means that the grain is in its “whole” form and thus has not been refined, which is the process that removes the bran and germ from the grain.
  • Refining a grain makes it less healthy because it removes dietary fiber, iron, and many vitamins.
  • Eating whole grains has been shown to reduce risks associated with obesity, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
  • When reading a food label, be sure to read the ingredient list on the package to make sure the word “whole” is listed with the first ingredient (example: whole grain flour).

Try some of our favorite ways to eat more whole grains:

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Whole Grain Sandwich Snackers

 

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 Whole Grain Pita Pizzas

 

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Whole Grain Calzone

What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate whole grains into your diet?

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