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Don't Judge a Grain by Its Color



Don't Judge a Grain by Its Color

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     challenging words:    necessarily, nutrition, listed, tricky, entire, molasses, important, actually, bran, longer, diet, part, fiber, missing, daily, certain


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Don't Judge a Grain by Its Color
By Erin Horner
  

1     Grains are an important part of your diet. They contain iron, dietary fiber, and B vitamins. But not all grains are equal. Some foods in the grain group are whole grains. They are made using the entire grain kernel. Brown rice and whole wheat bread are whole grains. The USDA's MyPlate recommends that at least one half of your daily grains be whole grains. Other grains are refined. Refined grains have been milled. Milling removes the bran and germ from the kernel. It also removes the dietary fiber, many of the B vitamins, and the iron. Refined grains have a finer texture. They also have a longer shelf life. White bread, white rice, and white flour are refined grains.
 
2     If brown rice and brown whole wheat bread are whole grains, and white rice and white bread are refined grains, are brown grains always the best grain choice? Not necessarily! Many white refined grains are enriched. After the grains are processed, certain B vitamins and iron are added back to them. While the dietary fiber is still missing, .....
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