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*These products are usually made from refined grains but may be made with whole grains. Check the ingredient list for the words "whole grain," "whole wheat," "whole corn," etc., to decide if they are made from a whole grain. Some foods are made from a mixture of whole and refined grains.


Refined foods are processed foods that lack many of the nutrients they once had. They generally add a lot of calories to your diet, when compared to the amount of nutrients they contribute. The refining process refers specifically to carbohydrates such as grains and sugars. Many grains are refined ...


What Foods are in the Grains Group? Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are examples of grain products. Grains are divided up into two subgroups, Whole Grains and Refined Grains.


Coarse stone-ground grain meals and cracked kernel grains are among the least refined, and soft, powdered grains (flours of all kinds and starches such as corn starch) are the most refined. Particle size matters because the smaller the particles, the easier they are to digest.


Most refined grains are enriched. This means certain B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid) and iron are added back after processing. Fiber is not added back to enriched grains. Check the ingredient list on refined grain products to make sure that the word "enriched" is included in the grain name.


Refined carbohydrates, or refined carbs, are grain products that have been processed by a food manufacturer so that the whole grain is no longer intact. The refining or milling process removes dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. If the nutrients are added back in, the refined grains or refined carbohydrates are called enriched grains.


Refined carbohydrates are grain-based foods that have the bran and germ extracted during processing. The process of refining a food not only removes the fiber, but it also removes much of the food's nutritional value, including B-complex vitamins, healthy oils and fat-soluble vitamins.


Refined grains are missing fiber and key nutrients that their whole-grain counterparts retain. Don’t miss out on those good-for-you parts — go for the whole grains instead! Refined grains include white rice, white bread, regular white pasta, and other foods that have been made with white flour ...


Eating more healthy whole grains like whole wheat, brown rice, bulgur, oats, and quinoa can prevent many health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Replace the refined grains in your diet ...


And whole grain foods can protect you from diseases. There are many different kinds of whole grains grown all around the world. But here are some of the best-known and most nutritious whole grains and whole grain foods that you can find in grocery or health food stores. List of Whole Grain Foods