Diet Quality pp 299-312 | Cite as

Whole Grains and Diet

  • Satya S. Jonnalagadda
Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)


Whole grains and whole grain foods are an important component of nutrient-dense diets and play a significant role in maintaining health and preventing chronic disease. This chapter briefly summarizes the role of whole grains in health and nutrition through discussion of: definition of whole grains, whole grain composition, whole dietary recommendations and consumption patterns, dietary sources of whole grains, whole grains impact on diet quality and whole grain foods in the market place. This chapter is not meant to be a comprehensive review of these topics but rather provides an overview of the importance of whole grains.


Whole grains Whole grain foods Nutrients Phytonutrients Diet quality 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.General Mills Bell Institute of Health and NutritionGolden ValleyUSA

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