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Health benefits of whole grains

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1. Whole grains can contain a lot of fiber: Fiber is one big reason to eat whole grains. Adults need about 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily, and whole grains contain two types – soluble and insoluble – which are both beneficial to your health. You’ll get 5.8 grams of fiber in two slices of dark rye bread, but only 1.9 grams from the same amount of white bread. And you’ll get 5.5 grams of fiber per 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice compared with 2 grams in uncooked white rice (which is not a whole grain). And fiber’s health benefits are well known – it can help control blood sugar, lower “bad” cholesterol and reduce colon cancer risk. Focus on oats, barley and bulgur, Huffington Post reports.

2. They help digestion: The fiber content keeps bowel movements regular (studies have shown that people who eat more fiber need fewer laxatives). Fiber is responsible for much of the benefit, but whole grains also contain lactic acid, which promotes “good bacteria” in the large intestine. These organisms aid digestion, promote better nutrition absorption, and may even beef up the body’s immune system.

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