“Most Americans consume enough grains, but not enough whole grains.” -USDA
Healthy Lifestyle Goal:
Only eat whole grains.
Whole grains contain the most fiber. Refined, white grains are stripped of healthy fiber.
Above is a healthy, whole grain. Now, remove the germ and bran.
Remaining is a refined, white grain. As you can see, it is stripped of many beneficial nutrients.
When reading food ingredients (which you absolutely always should be) look for whole grains like the ones listed above.
Avoid food ingredients such as: wheat or wheat flour, semolina, durum wheat, organic flour, stoneground, multigrain, enriched flour, degerminated, bran, and wheat germ.
Beware of foods claiming to be whole grain! The government qualifies food that contains 8 grams of whole grains in 30 grams of product as a whole grain food. This means that the other 22 grams of product can be other good ingredients OR other bad ingredients. Take some whole grain cereals for example. Yes they contain whole grains, but also loads of sugar and other additives. This is why it is important to always do your own investigating. Don’t trust the front of the food label, always read the ingredients and look for whole food.