The 11 Healthiest Whole Grains

A guide to the good carbs.

By Leah Zerbe


The 11 Healthiest GrainsCarbs get a negative rap because so many Americans are eating the bad ones—refined carbohydrates in white bread, candy, cookies, sugary cereals, and all sorts of other junk food and drinks. In fact, research has shown that 95 percent of the grains we eat are refined. Eating too many foods with these adulterated ingredients won’t just make you fat; they’ll also raise your risk of heart disease and diabetes. And raise your levels of blood fats called triglycerides, putting you on the fast track for a heart attack or stroke. The good news is that working the healthiest grains into your diet can help prevent or reverse these health problems.

Healthy, whole-grain foods, on the other hand, are made from cereal grains that include the whole kernel, and research shows that they can protect you from ticker trouble, diabetes, colon cancer, and possibly asthma and Alzheimer’s disease. These 11 grains are worth keeping top of mind.

Photo: Catherine Sears