How important are grains in the USDA MyPlate recommendations?

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As you can see from the figure, MyPlate is a dinner plate split into multiple sections, each representing each of the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy. While fruits and veggies should dominate your plate, grains, especially whole grains are very important to your overall diet.

Whole grains provide fiber, phytochemicals, B vitamins, and iron to your diet. Half of your grain servings should be from whole grains foods such as brown rice, oats, whole wheat bread, and whole grain cereals, daily.
 
MyPlate, USDA's food pyramid
Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics

Eating grains and especially whole grains is very beneficial to our health. The USDA MyPlate explains the difference between refined and whole grains clearly. It highlights key nutrients provided by whole grains such as dietary fiber, B Vitamins and minerals. Eating whole grains provide valuable health benefits including lowering our risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. The USDA MyPlate website also provides detailed tips on incorporating whole grains into your diet at meals and snacks.

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