What are the benefits of eating whole grain foods?
Whole grain foods have a ton of health benefits:
- Promote digestive health
- Maintain heart health
- Regulate blood pressure
- Maintain healthy blood pressure
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Boost immunity
- Promote skin health
- Lower the risk of stroke
- Lower the risk of type II diabetes
- Reduce chronic inflammation
- May lower the risk of cancer
Although whole grains are great for your health, you may have to avoid them if you have underlying health conditions such as celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome.
Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease that can cause sensitivity to gluten, which leads to damage in the small intestine.
If eating certain grains makes you uncomfortable or have symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or bloating, talk to your doctor about suitable dietary modifications that are right for you.
How much should you eat?
According to the latest dietary guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, adults should consume at least 3-5 servings of whole grains each day. A single serving of whole grain is equivalent to any of the following:
- 1 slice of whole grain bread
- 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice
- 1/2 cup of cooked oatmeal
- 1 ounce of whole grain crackers
- 1 cup of dry whole grain cereal
- 1/2 round of whole wheat pita
- 1/2 cup of whole grain pasta
- 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa
- 3 cups of popcorn