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Healthy kids reach for whole grains! Whole grains are full of nutrients that help give you lots of energy. Whole grains keep your tummy healthy too!

All About Whole Grains

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Whole Grains Question 1

A whole grain is a seed that hasn't had any part removed. It has three parts; bran, germ, and endosperm.

Oats, brown rice, whole wheat bread, whole wheat crackers, popcorn.

Whole grains give you energy and help keep your body strong and healthy.

Whole Grains Question 4
  1. Look for "100% Whole Grain" or "100% Whole Wheat" on the package.
  2. Look for the word "whole" before the first ingredient.
  1. Oat, usually in the plural as oats, is any of the various plants of the grass family, some of which are cultivated for their edible seeds. Oats refers to the common cereal plant Avena sativa, and to its edible grains used for food, livestock feed, hay and pasture.
  2. Oats like cool, wet summers more than wheat, rye or barley.
  3. Oats are an annual plant, meaning they have to be planted each year, either in the autumn for late summer harvest, or in the spring for early autumn harvest.
  1. The earliest oats grew wild more than 2,000 years ago along the Nile River in Eygpt.
  2. The Egyptians of that time probably thought of them as weeds.
  3. Humans started growing oats much later in Europe, perhaps in a cave in what is now Switzerland.
  1. Most commonly, oats are rolled or crushed into oatmeal, or ground into fine oat flour.
  2. Oatmeal is mostly eaten as porridge, but may also be used in baking, like in oatcakes, oatmeal cookies, and oat bread.
  3. Oats are also an ingredient in many cold cereals and may be eaten raw, and cookies with raw oats are becoming popular.
  4. Oats are also an ingredient in many cold cereals, and in granola.
  5. Oats may be eaten raw or cooked.

In Mexico, a cold, sweet drink called "horchata" is made of ground oats or rice and milk with spices.

In Scotland, oats are an important part of the national diet.

In Britain, oat bread was first manufactured in a factory that opened in 1899.

That's right! The Chinese word for "rice" is the same word they use for "food".

Brown rice is more nutritious than white rice.

Turning brown rice into white gives it longer shelf life.

  1. Not at all. Uncooked brown rice can be kept in a sealed container and will remain fresh for six months.
  2. Brown rice does take a little longer to cook than white rice because the outer layer of bran is a barrier to water absorption.
  1. Over 9,000 farms grow rice in the United States.
  2. All rice produced in the U.S is grown in flooded fields.
  3. Rice production began in China about 2500 B.C.

Yes, there is Barley, Maize, Farro, Spelt, Emmer, Einkorn, Kamut, Rye, Millet, Quinoa, Amaranth, Triticale, Teff, Buckwheat, Bulgur wheat and Cracked wheat.

  1. Wheat is a member of the grass family that produces a dry, one-seeded fruit commonly called a kernel.
  2. Wheat was first planted in the United States in 1777 as a hobby crop.
  3. A bushel of wheat makes about 42 pounds of pasta or 210 servings of spaghetti.
  4. There are more than 600 hundred pasta shapes produced worldwide.
  5. One acre of wheat (about the size of a football field) produces enough wheat for 1,500 loaves of bread.
  6. If brown rice is milled and polished, it becomes white rice, but those processes remove 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. What's left is white rice, a refined starch.
  7. U.S. rice production accounts for just over 1% of the world's total, but the U.S. is the second leading rice exporter with 18% of the world market.

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