Including whole wheat flour, brown rice, oats, quinoa, bulgur, barley, and buckwheat, whole grains are fighters against heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The fiber in whole grains can lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, and reduce the risk of colon cancer (Find out how fiber and protein can keep you satisfied). Additionally, whole grains provide a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals and are ultra versatile when it comes to cooking. Start your day with oatmeal or another whole grain hot or cold cereal, toss together a grain salad with crunchy vegetables for lunch, serve a side of quinoa or bulgur with dinner, and always opt for whole grain varieties of bread products. The calories, protein and fiber content vary among grains, so be sure to read labels to pick the healthiest grain for your meals.
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