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Grains on My Plate



Grains on My Plate

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.04

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     challenging words:    buckwheat, finer, circular, milling, barley, diagram, entire, fiber, visual, section, such, healthy, include, spaghetti, which, group
     content words:    United States Department, My Plate


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Grains on My Plate
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Eating healthy can be fun! The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a new way to help people make good choices about what they eat. It is a diagram called My Plate that is a visual representation of healthy food portions. This circular plate is divided into four sections. One section, about one fourth of the plate and colored orange, is for grains.
 
2     The grains group includes food made from barley, cornmeal, rice, wheat, or other cereal grains. Some other grains that might not sound so familiar are amaranth, buckwheat, and millet. Grains are divided into two subgroups. Whole grains make up one subgroup, and refined grains make up the other.
 
3     Whole grain products use the entire grain kernel, while refined grains have been milled. Milling removes parts of the grain, which gives the products a finer texture, but also takes away vitamins and fiber.

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