What makes whole grain whole?|
Grains are made up of three parts: bran, germ and endosperm.
- The bran is the outer shell that provides a rich source of fiber, trace minerals, phytochemicals and B vitamins.
- The germ nourishes the grain and is packed with antioxidants, the B vitamins and vitamin E. It is also a source of heart healthy unsaturated fats.
- Finally, the endosperm is the largest portion of the grain and contains complex carbohydrates and protein to provide energy.
While each part contributes important nutrients, the “whole” grain offers the most nutritional benefits.