Formerly called the Bread, Cereal, Rice and Pasta Group, this group contains any food made from a grain product. Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are examples of grain products.
Eat at least three servings of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, pasta, or brown rice every day. Eat about 6 ounces (six servings) of grain products every day. Make half of those servings whole grain.
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Whole-grain foods are good sources of fiber. For example, a half-cup serving of ready-to-eat bran cereal has 8 grams of fiber. A healthy adult should have about 14 grams of fiber for every 1000 calories eaten each day.
Identify whole-grain products by reading the ingredients listing on the food label. You cannot identify whole grains by the color of the food. The whole grain should be listed first in the ingredients listing. If you eat only whole grains, some of those choices should be folate-fortified, such as ready-to-eat breakfast cereals fortified with folic acid.
Add flavor to grains without adding fat. Cook grains (such as brown rice, barley, bulgur) in broth or tomato juice.Add garlic, onions, celery, carrots, or mushrooms to rice or pasta. Season grains with herbs and spices such as curry powder, cumin, thyme or mace.
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