What do whole grains mean?

There are three parts to a grain: the germ, the outer bran, and the inner endosperm. "These three parts make up a whole grain," says Stacey Krawczyk, President of FoodWell Strategies and a professional registered dietitian for the Grain Foods Foundation.

A whole grain can be whole (like brown rice) or ground into flour and then made into foods (like whole-wheat bread).

"The natural sugars and whole grain carbs you eat keep your blood sugar nice and steady all day," says famous nutritionist and best-selling author Haylie Pomroy.

"When your adrenal glands are calm, they tell your body to burn fat quickly instead of storing it for a time when things might get stressful." Whole grains have B vitamins that help the thyroid work better. This causes a thermogenic effect that burns fats, proteins, and carbohydrates more effectively.

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Whole grains provide more nutrients and are healthier than processed grains. “They are loaded with vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, and protective phytonutrients

Whole grains give patients a fuller feeling, says Dr. Young. They include the full grain kernel, including the inner and outside. The outer covering and much of the nutrients and fiber are removed from processed grains.

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