The health benefits of whole grains come from the nutrients and fiber found in the entire grain kernel. Here is what leading nutrition councils are saying about the importance of whole grains in your diet:
According to MyPyramid
- Consuming food rich in fiber, such as whole grains, as part of a healthy diet, reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and constipation.
- Eating at least 3 ounce equivalents a day of whole grains may help with weight management
From the Whole Grains Council
- People who eat whole grains reduce serious health risks
- Risk of heart disease drops 25-36%
- Risk of type 2 diabetes drops 21-27%
- Risk of digestive cancers drops 21-43%
- Risk of stroke drops 37%
- Other benefits include better weight control, reduction in belly fat, and significant drops in blood pressure
- Research has shown that children who eat whole grains have a lower risk of obesity and diabetes, lower cholesterol, reduced risk of asthma, and may have reduced acne. Whole grains help children maintain their energy levels and feel fuller longer.
- For older Americans, consuming more whole grains has shown to be beneficial in decreasing BMI (Body Mass Index), weight gain, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, and in improving glucose response.
From the International Food Information Council
- Whole grains contain many healthy components, including dietary fiber, starch, essential fats, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, lignans, and phenolic compounds that have been linked to reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases.
- Since most of the health-promoting components are found in the germ and bran, foods made with whole grains can play an important role in maintaining good health.