The USDA recommends at least six one-ounce servings of grains daily to maintain a healthy diet. Following are helpful tips and facts on the health benefits of grains to help you get your Daily Six.
- Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, even tortillas and grits are examples of grain foods.
- Whole grains contain heart-healthy nutrients. In fact, people who eat three daily one-ounce servings servings of whole grains have been shown to reduce their risk of heart disease by 25-36 percent.
- Products made from white flour are enriched with four major B vitamins, including folic acid, which plays an important role in healthy pregnancies by preventing neural tube defects. For more information, visit spinabifidaassociation.org.
- In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), folic acid is not only good for growing fetuses, it may also reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke in adults.
- Most people don't realize that one of the most popular whole grain foods is popcorn.
- Having a sandwich for lunch equals two one-ounce servings of grain towards your Daily Six.
- Affected by the 3 o'clock slump? Snacking on a handful of crackers with cheese or peanut butter can help boost your energy.