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What is a Whole Grain?

100% whole grains, including wheat, rye, oats and other grains, contain all 3 parts of the kernel:

Many popular-selling wheat, rye, oat and multi-grain breads contain enriched white flour, bleached white flour, enriched wheat flour or unbleached wheat flour that are NOT whole grains. In addition, words  like “multi-grain” or “stone-ground” don’t necessarily mean a product is whole grain.11  Always check the ingredient listing to be sure. If the words “whole grain” don’t appear at the beginning of the ingredient list, but somewhere later in the list, the product is made with some whole grains, but may also contain refined grains.

Whole Grain or Not?

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Whole Grain Council Stamp

Another way to identify products containing whole grains is to look for the Whole Grain Stamp to find out the number of grams of whole grain in a serving. There are two types of Whole Grain Stamps found on product packaging:

Basic Whole Grain Stampwhole-grain-stamps-basic

This product contains 8-15 grams of whole grain per serving

100% Whole Grain Stampwhole-grain-stamps-100

All grains in the product are whole grains and the product has a minimum of 16 grams of whole grain per serving

Whole Grains Give You Phytochemicals & Antioxidants

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Antioxidant Chart Source. 17

Did You Know?

Many antioxidants in whole grains are the same or similar to those contained in fruits and vegetables, but many are unique. 17

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Whole Grains & Heart Health

All the nutrients in whole grains work together to provide health benefits and may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancers, as discussed below:

Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol may help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

Not all whole grain products qualify to make this claim. To qualify, a product must contain all 3 portions of the grain kernel, contain at least 51% whole grain by weight per reference amount customarily consumed (50g for bread and buns), and meet specified levels of fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, fiber and sodium. 11

Did you know?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. 23

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