Nutrition

Find out which foods make good selections and how you can make them a part of your healthy lifestyle.

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Importance of Whole Grains and Fiber

Importance Whole Grains Fiber

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming at least 3 servings of whole grains per day. However, many Americans don’t get the recommended daily amount of nutritious whole grains.

Here are a few tips that will help you better understand whole grains and fiber.

Nutrients and Health Benefits

Whole grains are important sources of many nutrients, including dietary fiber, several B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate), and minerals (iron, magnesium, and selenium).

  • Fiber: Fiber is important for proper bowel function, and helps support a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
  • B vitamins: B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate) play a key role in metabolism – they help the body release energy from protein, fat, and carbohydrates. B vitamins help support a healthy nervous system.
  • Folate: Folate (folic acid), another B vitamin, helps the body form red blood cells.
  • Iron: Iron is used to carry oxygen in the blood. Iron fortified or enriched grain products are important sources of iron in the diets of many Americans.
  • Magnesium and Selenium: Whole grains can help supply magnesium and selenium in the diet. Magnesium is a mineral used in building bones and releasing energy from muscles. Selenium helps protects cells from oxidation and helps support a healthy immune system.

Source: www.MyPyramid.gov

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