Why Whole Grains are a Healthier Choice
Ever wondered what the big deal is with “whole grains”? We’re faced with choosing them when we buy things like breads, cereals and pastas. The difference between whole grain flour and processed flour used to make these products is what’s been lost in the processing. Grains in their natural state have important parts that provide fiber, vitamins and minerals. When grain is processed to make white flour, the good nutrients and fiber is stripped away. It’s a known fact that fiber helps to make you feel full longer after meals…not to mention that it is closely connected to good gastro-intestinal health. Examples of whole grains include, brown or wild rice, barley, bulgur, oatmeal, whole wheat breads and even popcorn. Look for products labeled as “whole grain” and aim for items with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. Nutrition services here at School District 271 takes the importance of whole grains seriously, baking fresh breads and rolls with whole grain flours and using whole grain products on our menus. For more information on the importance of fiber, click HERE.
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