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Understanding the Health Benefits Of The Grains Group

Maggie LaBarbera • RN, MBA • Mar 12, 2012

Grains are food that give your child energy and can be a great source of vitamin B and fiber, depending on the kind of grains that you purchase.  

The USDA My Plate tells us to make half our grains whole grains.
Whole grains are a natural source of fiber and vitamins.

Grains Are High In Nutrients

100% whole grain foods are naturally high in (or have been enriched):
  • dietary fiber
  • thiamine
  • riboflavin
  • niacin
  • folate
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • selenium

Here Are The Key Health Benefits Of Grains:

Providing 100% whole grains as part of your family's diet can help:
  • reduce their risk for heart disease   grains group foods
  • reduce the risk for diabetes
  • improve overall digestion and reduce constipation
  • provide a feeling of fullness that helps prevent overeating
  • lower cholesterol in your blood stream

Some of the following nutrients aide the body in various important functions:

  • vitamin Bs help the body produce energy and is important for the nervous system
  • folate is also helps make red blood cells
  • iron helps carry the oxygen throughout the body
  • magnesium and selenium help builld bones and is important for a healthy immune system to fight disease
  • selenium is important for a healthy immune system to fight disease

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Written by Maggie LaBarberaWritten on Mar 12, 2012Last updated on Oct 15, 2013




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