People who eat whole grains may have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Most Americans consume enough grains, but few are whole grains. At least half of all the grains eaten should be whole grains.
Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal is a grain. Grains are divided into two groups, whole grains and refined grains. Examples of whole grains include whole-wheat flour, bulgur (cracked wheat), oatmeal, whole cornmeal, and brown rice. Some examples of refined grain products are white flour, de-germed cornmeal, white bread, and white rice.
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