By: Text: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D.
Simply swapping to whole grains yields big health benefits. Go beyond white rice, white bread, and pasta this year and dish up nutrient-rich whole grains. Making a simple swap such as choosing brown rice, whole grain bread, or whole-wheat pasta will lead to improved cardiovascular function and reduce the risk of certain cancers and stroke. Make a mini resolution to be adventurous and try some less familiar grains like quinoa, wheat berries, and buckwheat groats. And of course, keep the favorites like oatmeal and air-popped popcorn on-hand to round out the recommended 3 (1-ounce) servings per day.