Food Groups Web Series Created by: Daniel Connolly Dietetic Intern Morrison and Chartwells Grains
Grains Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain (e.g. bread, pasta, oatmeal, tortillas) This Week’s Food Group
How much do we need? The amount of Grains you need to eat depends on age, sex, and level of physical activity. Recommended daily amounts are shown in the chart.
Reduce the risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke • Reduce constipation • Help with maintaining a healthy body weight Health Benefits Eating a diet rich in Whole Grains as part of an overall healthy diet may:
Dietary fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and is important for proper bowel function; dietary fiber also may lower the risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. • B Vitamins such as Thiamin, Riboflavin, and Niacin play vital roles in metabolism, the process of releasing energy to the body, as well as maintaining healthy nervous system function. • Folate helps the body create red blood cells, the cells that carry oxygen in the blood. • Iron is also important in oxygen delivery throughout the body, since it is the carrier of oxygen in the red blood cell. • Magnesium is used to build and maintain bones and releasing energy from muscles. • Selenium protects cells from oxidation and maintains healthy immune system. Key Nutrients Grains are a good source of: Dietary Fiber Several B Vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Folate) Several Minerals (Iron, Magnesium, and Selenium)
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