Fact or Fiction about Whole Grains?
Whole wheat products are less processed than other wheat or flour products.
This is a fact! When a food is labeled 100% whole wheat or whole grain means that the grain is left in tact. Wheat is made up of three parts: The germ, the endosperm, and the bran. The bran is the most nutritious part containing fiber and lots of nutrients along with the germ. The endosperm is the part of the plant that is mostly starch, which is another way of saying sugar. When you buy a food that is not whole wheat it is made up of only the endosperm so you miss out on all the nutrients that are in the other parts of the wheat grain.
The only type of whole grain is whole wheat.
Fiction! Whole grains include wheat but they also include many other foods such as: brown rice, oats, popcorn, quinoa, barley, faro, whole wheat pasta, and many more.
Buying whole grains is more expensive.
Fiction! Often if you look at the package they are the same price or within $0.10. There are so many more vitamins and grams of fiber in the whole grain products that it is worth it to feed your family the best food out there.
Eating whole grains can help lower my cholesterol or reduce the risk that my children will have high cholesterol when they grow up.
Fact! Whole grains are rich in fiber which is essential in helping our body better regulate cholesterol. Lowering your cholesterol is beneficial for keeping your heart healthy long term
Because it says it is made with whole grains it is healthy.
Fiction, it is still important to look at the rest of the label to see how much sugar, fat, and sodium are in the food. It's also important to check that it says it is 100% whole grain and not just partially made with it.
Overall picking whole grains over other options is very beneficial for your body and has become even easier with companies making new and tasty products!