There is a strong link between eating whole grains and health. Whole grains contain dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals (plant compounds) that work together to lower risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Canada’s Food Guide recommends that half of the servings of Grain Products you eat in a day should be whole grain. For example, if you need six servings of Grain Products daily, three of those servings should be whole grain.
Whole grains contain all three parts of the kernel of grain: the bran, the endosperm, and the germ. Examples of whole grains are oatmeal, brown rice, millet, and whole grain wheat, and products made with whole grains, like 100% whole grain bread and pasta. See Whole Wheat, Whole Grains, and Refined Grains: What’s the Difference? to learn more.