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For A Healthier Diet, Eliminate Processed – Not Whole – Grains

September 30, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
People who try to eliminate all grains from their diet – many say it makes them feel better – are missing the point. Grains are in fact an excellent source of nutrients, but only when they are not highly processed. Whole grains retain B vitamins and fiber, minerals like selenium and copper, as well as carbohydrates and varying amounts of protein. Processed grains contain significantly lower amounts of these nutrients. Studies have shown that eating whole grains is associated with lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and death from all causes. But diets high in refined grains seem to increase the risk of these health problems.
Jenna Flannigan, "Is a Grain-Free Diet Healthy?", Healthline, September 30, 2016, © Healthline Media
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