By Sarah-Jane Bedwell, SELF magazine
"Make half your grains whole" is one of the messages of National Nutrition Month this year, but what exactly does that mean beyond just switching from white bread to whole-wheat bread? Whole grains differ from refined grains (white rice, anything made with white flour that's enriched and bleached) in that whole grains have not been processed. Refined grains are stripped of bran (the main fiber source) and the germ and endosperm (which provides B Vitamins and protein). Whole grains are complex carbohydrates, which provide you with long-lasting energy. There are many ways to fulfill your whole-grain requirement, including my top five picks below. You may not have eaten them before, but give them a try! You'll be surprised at how different and delicious whole grains can be.