be a healthier eater? Focus on whole grains. These unrefined
grains are linked to a lower risk for heart disease, certain
cancers and other health problems.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends at least half of
all the grains you eat be whole grains.
breads are created equal.
healthiest bread option is something that is made with whole
grains," explains Angie Murad, a dietitian with the Mayo
Clinic Healthy Living Program. "It needs to say whole
says thatís true for bread and other grain products, like
crackers, pastas and rice.
grains are unrefined, meaning they still contain the bran and
bran provides fiber," adds Murad. "It also provides
delivers B vitamins, protein and some healthy fat.
you include all parts of the grain, there are health
benefits," adds Murad.
says to be aware of packages with sound-alike slogans.
if it says cracked wheat or multigrain or seven-grain, those
donít guarantee that itís a whole grain." says Murad.
whole-grain products contain a special stamp, noting the
benefit. Otherwise, Murad says to look to the ingredients list
grain: Thatís what youíre looking for," stresses