What Is a Grain?
Most Americans recognize that grains are good for us, yet many remain uncertain about the health benefits they provide. The best approach to maintain a healthy diet? Variety.
There are eight common grains consumed in America: wheat, barley, oats, rice, corn, millet, rye and sorghum. These grains can be consumed as whole grains, but some can also be found in their enriched form.
Popcorn, whole grain couscous, cracked wheat and oatmeal are popular forms of whole grains found in the U.S. Pseudo-grains, including buckwheat, quinoa and wild rice are also accepted as whole grains.
When selecting grain foods consider the many types available and vary them in your diet. Eating a variety of grains not only ensures that you get more nutrients, but also helps make your meals and snacks more interesting.