Get Healthy With Whole Grains

    18 Health Benefits of Whole Grains

    You've heard whole grains are healthy. But why? Here's the lowdown on why you should be eating them.

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    Good-for-you grains

    by Amanda Gardner

    Some popular diet books say you should ditch wheat or gluten to shed pounds. But the USDA recommends eating grains daily, and at least half of those should be whole grains. Unless you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or another reason to cut back, you don't want to miss out on the health benefits of whole grains. "You’re getting fiber, a healthy plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals, and a variety of phytochemicals that will improve your health," says Lilian Cheung, DSc, RD, a lecturer in nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. So read on to find out what exactly is considered a whole grain, how to find them, and why you should eat them.

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