Eating Well As You Get Older

Frequently Asked Questions

8. What are whole-grain foods?

Whole-grain foods, such as whole-wheat bread, are made with the entire seed of a plant, including the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. Together, they provide lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fat, carbohydrates, and fiber.

Whole grains are better sources of fiber and nutrients than refined grains, such as white flour or white rice. Refined grains have had both the bran and germ removed, and don't have as much fiber or as many nutrients. Most refined grains are enriched, with some B vitamins and iron added back in after processing. However, fiber is not replaced.