Whole Grain Guide

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.

  • The bran: The multilayered outer skin of the edible kernel that contains important antioxidants, B vitamins and fiber.
  • The germ: The embryo which has the potential to sprout into a new plant that contains many B vitamins, some protein and minerals and healthy fats.
  • The endosperm: The germ’s food supply that contains starchy carbohydrates, proteins and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.

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.

Whole Grain Council

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:

Whole Grain Buck Wheat

Whole Grain Buck Wheat

  • A cousin of rhubarb containing high levels of an antioxidant called rutin, which improves circulation and prevents LDL cholesterol from blocking blood vessels
  • Provides nutrients, vitamins, energy and fiber
  • High levels of zinc, copper, manganese and potassium
  • Great source of protein
Whole Grain Kamut

Whole Grain Kamut

  • An heirloom grain containing higher levels of protein and vitamin E than common wheat
Whole Grain Rye

Whole Grain Rye

  • Contains a high level of fiber with a lower glycemic index
  • The fiber in rye promotes a rapid feeling of fullness, making rye a good choice for people trying to lose weight
  • Helps fight certain types of cancer and diabetes; helps prevent gallstones
Whole Grain Barley

Whole Grain Barley

  • Highest in fiber of all whole grains
  • Helps lower cholesterol
Whole Grain Millet

Whole Grain Millet

  • A gluten-free whole grain
  • Naturally high in protein and antioxidants
  • Can help control blood sugar and cholesterol
Whole Wheat

Whole Wheat

  • A great source of fiber and antioxidants
  • Contains 25% more protein than traditional pasta
Whole Grain Brown Rice

Whole Grain Brown Rice

  • Lower in fiber than other whole grains, but richer in many nutrients
  • One of the most easily digested grains and perfect for those on a restricted diet or those who are gluten-intolerant
  • Good source of selenium and magnesium
Whole Spelt

Whole Spelt

  • Milder than other grains and higher in protein than common wheat
  • Contains many vitamins and minerals
  • Prevents high blood sugar levels

Anna Pasta Cuts

Anna Whole Grain Pasta is available in a variety of cuts, including:

  • Penne Rigate
  • Rotini
  • Cappellini
  • Elbows
  • Fettucine
  • Spaghetti

Anna Whole Wheat Pasta is available in:

  • Gnocchi
  • Lasagne

Whole Grain Group