On average, less than 1% of Americans eat the daily recommended amount of whole grains. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommends eating at least half of your grains, or about 3 servings, as whole grains over the course of the day. Carbohydrates get a bad rap, but whole grains can act as an essential part of a nutritious diet and improve health in the long run. Here’s how:
Everyday, try to make whole grains a staple at most of your meals. Options include 100% whole wheat or whole grain bread, 100% whole wheat wraps, whole-grain cereals (like hot oatmeal) and whole grains, like quinoa, freekeh, farro, bulgur and barley.