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Grain products are often refined to one portion of the grain, the endosperm, which is primarily composed of starch (a readily digestible carbohydrate). The other portions of the grain --the bran and the germ-- are rich in fiber, minerals and nutrients known as phytochemicals. Refined grains are often enriched to replace many of these lost nutrients; however, individuals are increasingly looking for whole grain products to ensure that they receive these compounds in their intended proportions. Whole grains, unlike refined grains, contain all three portions of the grain kernel: the bran, the germ, and the endosperm.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends making at least one-half of dietary grains, whole grains. By incorporating whole grains into the diet, individuals can increase their fiber intake leading to reduced blood cholesterol and risk for heart disease, enhanced digestive function and heightened satiety. Whole grains are also rich in B-vitamins that are critical for metabolic processes, iron for oxygen transport, magnesium for energy utilization, and selenium for enhanced immune function.

Many of Aunt Millie’s baked goods are made with whole grains, and several others are made exclusively with whole grains (100% whole grain/100% whole wheat). When shopping for whole grain products, look for the Whole Grains Council stamp on Aunt Millie’s packaging.

For more information on the benefits of whole grains, visit the Whole Grains Council’s website.

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