February is American Heart Month. There are so many good things we can do to promote heart health—and some of them are delicious! According to the American Heart Association, eating at least three servings of whole grains each day can add years to your life by lowering the risk of not only heart disease, but also cancer, stroke, diabetes, obesity and other dangerous diseases and conditions.
What is a whole grain? The Whole Grains Council explains, “A grain is considered to be a whole grain as long as all three original parts—the bran, germ and endosperm—are still present in the same proportion as when the grain was growing in the fields.” (Learn more here.)
When some people think of “whole grains,” they think only of whole wheat. But that’s just the beginning. You have plenty of choices! For example, did you know that popcorn is a whole grain? Delicious! Just don’t spoil the nutritional boost with a bunch of added fat and salt.
To find some other yummy whole grains, and ways you might eat them, check out this month’s puzzle. Click here to download your copy.
Need a little help? Click here for the puzzle solution.