All In On Whole Grains: Three Reasons Whole Grains Are Worth It

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You already know that whole grains are a required part of school meals. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans specifies grains are a core element of a healthy diet, and that half of all grains we eat should be whole grains.¹ That’s why you devote a fair amount of time to getting whole grain-rich foods into the hands of busy students.

Grains are made of three parts — bran, germ, and endosperm. When all three parts are intact, that’s a whole grain. Think cereal, granola, and popcorn. Whole grains are recommended for kids and adults alike. But do you know why?

Whole grains are packed with nutrients

Although individual grains are small, the USDA notes they have big nutritional value, including complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients are necessary to keep our bodies moving.²

Whole grains have many benefits

The potential health benefits really stack up with whole grains. Mayo Clinic reports the benefits of whole grains can help your body by:

  • Lowering bad cholesterol
  • Raising good cholesterol
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Lowering the risk of some diseases³

Whole grains come in many varieties

With whole grains, your K-12 kitchen can supply satisfying and on-trend foods for students, and fast, easy options for your team to prepare. Our whole grain-rich a la carte portfolio offers a variety of single-serve products you can feel good about serving — whether as part of a balanced meal or as grab-n-go snacks, including:

Help students understand why whole grains are great

Share these resources with your students to help get them up to speed on this important part of their diet.

¹Agriculture, U. S. D. O., & Agriculture, U. S. D. O. (2023). Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020 - 2025.
²USDA MyPlate Grains Group – one of the five food groups. (n.d.).
³Whole grains: Hearty options for a healthy diet. (2022, December 10). Mayo Clinic.