Health experts recommend that half of the grains a person eats be “whole grains”, but what is a whole grain? All grains start life as a whole grain containing three edible parts: the bran, germ and endosperm.
A grain is considered a whole grain when it contains all three original parts, all present in the same proportions as when the grain was growing in the fields.
Whole grains include grains like wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, quinoa, spelt, sorghum and rye. Whole grains contain valuable antioxidants not found in fruits and vegetables, such as B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and fiber. Whole grains reduce the risk of heart disease stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. People who eat whole grains regularly have lower levels of cholesterol. Recent studies have also revealed that whole grains reduce the risk of asthma and inflammatory disease, as well as provide healthier carotid arteries and blood pressure levels.
Cento understands the importance of eating whole grains to promote healthy eating habits and offers pasta in both Whole Grain and Whole Wheat varieties. Anna Whole Grain Pasta bears the Whole Grain Council’s 100% Whole Grain Stamp, meaning all ingredients used in the pasta are whole grains and contain a minimum of 56 grams of whole grains per serving. The Whole Grains Council is a nonprofit consumer advocacy group that works to increase consumption of whole grains for better health, help consumers find whole grain foods and understand their health benefits. Made with 8 whole grains and available in a variety of cuts, Anna Whole Grain Pasta offers a healthy option without sacrificing taste. The whole grains in Anna Whole Grain Pasta include: