Whole Grains


Whole grains can help reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes. Whole grain foods have been shown to be critical to maintaining good health. They contain the essential nutrients of the whole grain seed.

How much should I eat?

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults get 3-5 servings of whole grains a day.

Children should get 2-3 servings a day.

How do I know if my food is whole grain?

An easy way to locate whole grain products in the grocery store is to look for the Whole Grain Council’s stamp of approval.

Whole grain substitutes

You can substitute whole grain foods for many common pantry items.

Instead of:
  • Pasta
  • Donuts
  • Cookies
  • White bread
  • Flour tortillas
  • Plain bagels
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Whole grain granola bars
  • Hearty oatmeal cookies
  • Brown rice cakes
  • Corn tortillas
  • Whole grain bagels

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