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Grain foods are one of the major food groups as part of an overall healthy eating plan. When you think about a meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you should aim to have about one-quarter of that meal coming from grain foods to benefit include their essential nutrients – dietary fiber, B vitamins (folate, thiamin, niacin), iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium.
Grain Foods: A Nutritional Powerhouse

Nutritional Benefits of Grains

To make “every bite count,” it is important to choose a variety of foods from all food groups and limit added sugars and foods high in sodium. The Dietary Guidelines’ recommendation to eat half of your grains from whole grain sources illustrates that both whole and enriched grains provide necessary nutrients.

Nutritional Benefits of Grains

As plant-based foods, grains play a foundational role within all the Dietary Guidelines’ recommended diet patterns. Many staple enriched grain foods are not only delicious but also versatile, representing cultural foodways such as pasta and vegetables, sandwiches, cereal, fruit and milk, pizza, and more.

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