Eating Well As You Get Older

Frequently Asked Questions

9. How many grain foods should I eat each day? What kinds should I have?

Any food made from wheat, rye, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. A person who eats 2,000 calories per day should eat 6 ounces of grain foods daily. Approximately one ounce of grain foods counts as a serving. This is about one slice of bread, one roll, or one small bagel. It is also about one cup of dry flaked cereal or a half-cup of cooked rice, pasta, or cereal.

Grains fall into two main categories: whole and refined. Foods made from whole grains are a major source of energy and fiber.

At least half (3 ounces) of the grain foods you eat per day should be whole grains. Try whole wheat pasta, whole-grain English muffins, or a whole-grain bread rather than basic white. Other whole grains include popcorn, brown rice, wild rice, buckwheat, bulgur and quinoa.