Refined grains were once whole grains but have been processed to remove two parts:
The bran and germ contain important nutrients that have now also been removed:
- B vitamins and Vitamin E
- Minerals such as iron, zinc, copper and magnesium
Refined grains contain only one part of an original whole grain…the endosperm.
Grains are refined to create a smoother texture and increase the shelf life of the product. Examples include white bread, white rice, pastries and other baked goods, and many crackers.
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