Whole Grains

When eating grains, choose whole grains as part of a healthy lifestyle. Strive to make half of your grains whole grains to gain the health benefits. Some examples of whole-grain ingredients include whole-wheat flour, whole oats, brown rice, and whole rye.

Whole grains are:

  • Low in fat with no cholesterol
  • A good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals

Eating whole grains may help reduce:

  • Constipation and risk of diverticular disease
  • Blood cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease
  • Blood sugar levels and risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Risk of certain types of cancer, e.g., colon cancer
  • Risk of obesity
  • Risk neural tube birth defects (affecting the spinal cord or brain) durning fetal development

Here are some ways to eat more whole grains:

  • Add whole grain cereal to yogurt for some crunch
  • Choose whole grain pasta, tortillas, or brown rice at meals
  • Use whole grain flour when baking
  • Read the ingredient list and choose foods with whole grains at the top of the list

The current WIC food package includes: whole grain cereals, whole grain breads or tortillas, and options including brown rice and oatmeal. For more information on the WIC food package go to WIC Food Packages

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