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A List of Common Whole Grains

Which Foods Are Whole Grain?

So everyday we hear that we're supposed to be eating whole grains for our health. It's always, "whole grain this" and "whole grain that." But let's get down to the basics. Which foods are considered a whole grain anyway? To make the guessing process a little easier I've gathered a list of the most common whole grains and flours (when consumed in a form that includes the bran, germ and endosperm) used in foods today.

They are:

  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn, including whole cornmeal and popcorn
  • Millet
  • Oats, including oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Rice, both brown rice and colored rice
  • Rye
  • Sorghum (also called milo)
  • Teff
  • Triticale
  • Wheat, including varieties such as spelt, emmer, farro, einkorn, Kamut, durum and forms such as bulgur, cracked wheat and wheatberries
  • Wild rice


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keiren63 keiren63 9 years
Rye bread is mostly bleached white flour...there is not very much rye flour in it. It really isn't any better for you than white bread.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love brown rice.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I love brown rice and I've been meaning to get some quinoa.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Couscous isn't a grain, it's pasta. It's refined, like most pasta is. It just looks like a grain b/c it's so small. I personally LOVE my brown rice...I eat it instead of white rice all the time. And if you have never tried quinoa, I highly recommend it. It's absolutely delicious!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
i love rye bread. it's the only kind of bread i eat!
tiffanysophia tiffanysophia 9 years
What about couscous? I buy the organic fair-trade couscous and it smells whole grain-y, but it doesn't say. I've heard of whole grain couscous but have never seen it.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 9 years
I'm obsessed with rye bread!
melizzle melizzle 9 years
Bulgur is so yummy when prepared right. :)
ms660bk ms660bk 9 years
what about wheat germ? fitsugar - can you explain what it is?
modemlooper modemlooper 9 years
Most wheat bread is not even whole grain. beware when buying if it doesn't look like its whole grain it probably isn't
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
mmmm I bought some yummy brown rice yesterday!
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