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Whole Grains Should Come First!

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Whole Grain, Whole Benefit

Whole grains are grains in their purest form. When grains are consumed whole, they have a wide range of amazing nutrients that are very important for your diet!1 The new Canada Food Guide encourages Canadians to choose whole grain foods.

Grain
  1. The Bran

    This is the outer part of the grain and contains antioxidants, B vitamins, and fibre.

  2. The Endosperm

    This part of the grain is the starchy centre.2 It is where you’ll find starchy carbohydrates, proteins, and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.

  3. The Germ

    This is the smallest part yet packed full of nutrients – this is the nutritious core! It contains B vitamins, protein, minerals, and healthy fats.3

Here Are Some Popular Sources of Whole Grains & Fibre!

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1 Bowl of Cereal

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1 Slice of Whole Wheat Bread

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1 Cup of Brown Rice

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1 Serving of Whole Grain Pasta

Whole Lot of Vitamins & Minerals

Whole grains are a great way to get vitamins and minerals that your body needs every day!
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Fibre

Whole grains are a great source of fibre. Fibre is a very important part of a healthy diet because it supports healthy digestion and it keeps you fuller longer!

Zinc – The bacteria fighter!
Zinc fights off viruses and heals your wounds.
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Iron

Getting iron is critical for your red blood cells and muscles as it stores and carries oxygen.

A healthy adult needs 25-38 grams of fibre a day, but did you know… the average Canadian only gets 14 grams?4

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B Vitamins

Helps with metabolism, the process your body uses to make energy from the food you eat.5

Phosphorus – Along with calcium helps strengthen your bones and teeth.

Whole Grain, Whole Day!

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Multi Grain Cheerio Snack Bars

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Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Thai Beef Whole Grain Taco Bowls

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Resources

If you want to learn more about whole grains go to the websites below!

REFERENCES

  1. https://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/whats-whole-grain-refined-grain

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UitahipPBPO

  3. WGC Infographic

  4. https://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-healthy/healthy-eating/fibre-and-whole-grains

  5. https://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/what-are-health-benefits/whole-grains-important-source-essential-nutrients