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What are some heart-healthy grains and starches?

Whole wheat, brown rice, and oats are just a few examples of whole grains. “Unprocessed starches” also include beans and vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, and corn -- simply prepared with little or no fat. Eaten with the skin on, these starchy vegetables provide even more fiber and other nutrients.

Refined (or processed) grains are milled differently from whole grains. The milling process removes the bran and often the germ from the grain -- stripping away fiber as well as many other important nutrients. And although some nutrients are added back in when refined grain is fortified, not all of them are replaced. That’s why refined foods like white bread, white pasta, or white rice are less-nutritious choices. They are comparatively low in fiber and nutrition, and provide only short-lived energy.

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