Friday, September 25, 2009

Tips for reaping the benefits of whole grains

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The good news is that whole grains are not necessarily brown, or multigrain, or only found in adult cereals. You can find them throughout the food supply, including many processed foods.

Whole grains and fiber

Whole grains can be an excellent source of fiber. But not all whole grains are good sources of fiber. Whole wheat contains among the highest amount of fiber of the whole grains. Brown rice contains the least.

For most people, whole grains are their diet's best source of fiber.

Most wholegrain sources yield from 1-4 g of fiber per serving, comparable to fruit and vegetables, and just the right amount when spread throughout the day.

Can't fiber supplements give you the same benefit?

While you get plenty of fiber from these supplements, you'll miss out on all the other nutritional benefits of whole grains.

However, if you know you're not getting at least 25 g of fibre per day, fibre supplements are a great way to help you get there.

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