Why Whole Grains?

Awhile ago, I talked about how your body is like a car and how you need different foods from ALL of the food groups every day.  Just like a car needs certain amounts of fluids, your body needs certain amounts of each food group. It is not good for your car to have too much oil or too much air in the tires, just like it is not good if you don’t have enough. That is the same with food in the food groups. Let’s start with the Grains Group…

What are grains?

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Grains are grown in fields and the most common are: Wheat, Corn, Rice, Oats, and Barley.

What are grains used for?

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Grains are used to make breads, cereals, pastas, rice dishes, etc. Usually anything made with flour comes from grains.

How do grains help our bodies?

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The main job of grains is to provide energy. Energy helps us run, jump, swim, play, and stay active!

One half of the grains we eat in a day should be whole grains, what are whole grains?

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Whole grains are foods that include the WHOLE grain. Whole wheat, corn, brown rice, and oatmeal are all whole grains. White flour is NOT a whole grain since the bran and germ have been removed from the wheat kernels.

Why is it important to eat whole grains?

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Why did I put a picture of a shower???? Well, whole grains contain fiber which cleans the inside of your body.  Just like you need to take a bath or shower every day, the inside of your body needs to be cleaned too!

So why whole grains?

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Eating whole grains will keep your body clean on the inside and give you energy which makes for a great day!
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Start your day off right with whole grains!
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