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What are grains made up of?

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Grains are made up of three parts:

  • Bran is the outer layer. It contains the fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins, and minerals.
  • Endosperm is the middle, starchy layer. It contains mostly carbohydrates, but also small amounts of protein, B vitamins, and minerals.
  • Germ is the inner part, which is rich in vitamins and minerals, along with healthy fats.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Carbohydrate Counting," "Carbohydrate Counting for People with Diabetes," "Grains and Starchy Vegetables," "Get to Know 6 Great Grains."

American Heart Association: "Whole Grains and Fiber."

Minnesota Department of Health: "Nutrition Facts: Whole Grains."

Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "How to Eat More Whole Grain."


 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Carbohydrate Counting," "Carbohydrate Counting for People with Diabetes," "Grains and Starchy Vegetables," "Get to Know 6 Great Grains."

American Heart Association: "Whole Grains and Fiber."

Minnesota Department of Health: "Nutrition Facts: Whole Grains."

Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "How to Eat More Whole Grain."


 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 12, 2018

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