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Grain foods are affordable staples that create the foundation for a healthy and balanced diet. They provide essential fuel for the body and are good sources of key nutrients, vitamins, and fiber.
For more information on the role of grain foods in the diet and how to make them at home, check out the plentiful resources of our allied organizations.
Center For Nutrition & Athletics
You might enjoy oats as oatmeal for breakfast, or in muffins, granola bars, cookies, or other baked goods. Oats are a whole grain that provide important vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Oats are high in antioxidants and plant compounds called polyphenols.
Oats provide a wide range of health benefits. The beta-glucan fiber in oats is effective at reducing both total and LDL cholesterol levels which has been recognized by FDA and food global standards agencies. A unique type of antioxidants almost only found in oats called avenanthramides may help lower blood pressure and provide anti-inflammatory effects. Oats may help lower blood sugar levels, especially for those who are overweight or have type 2 diabetes. They can also help those who are trying to lose weight increase their feeling of fullness.
Corn is one of the most widely consumed cereal grains around the world. Products that are made from wet or dry milled corn include breakfast cereals, snacks, tortillas, grits, cornmeal, and many other foods.
Whole-grain corn is rich in fiber and many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is also naturally gluten-free. Studies have found that eating corn and popcorn may promote gut health and prevent digestive diseases.
Consumer Food Safety
Grain foods are affordable staples that create the foundation for a healthy and balanced diet. As a raw ingredient, proper handling is required.