Whole grains for your health

Published 2:39 PM ET, Wed June 22, 2016
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Did you know that the terms "whole grain" and "multigrain" aren't interchangeable? Whole grain contains all parts of the wheat grain kernel -- the bran, germ and endosperm -- while multigrain means the bread contains more than one type of grain, but none of them may be whole. Always choose whole grain, if you can. shutterstock
Qi Sun, a Harvard assistant professor of nutrition, said that even if you don't want to give up your beloved white rice, you could mix brown and white rice. shutterstock
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is considered a "superfood" and is packed with protein and amino acids. Macko Flower/Shutterstock
Combine hearty granola with Greek yogurt and fresh berries for a protein-packed breakfast or snack option. Shutterstock
When prepared the old-fashioned way, either over the stove or in a popcorn maker, popcorn makes for a delicious whole-grain snack. For the most nutritious low-calorie option, steer clear of microwaved packs, salt and butter. LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
By starting your day off with oatmeal, you get one of your three daily recommended servings of whole grains. Enjoy your oats hot, or try them raw and soaked by following an overnight oats recipe. Shutterstock
Shredded wheat is among the healthiest cereals. The small square pieces are a good source of protein and fiber. shutterstock
Whole grains are a major ingredient in Cheerios. All Cheerios cereal varieties have at least 14 grams of whole grain per serving. jupiterimages