Grits are a favorite in our house. Are grits considered a whole grain?
We recommend choosing whole grains over refined grains whenever possible. Unfortunately, most quick-cooking and commercially processed grits are not a good source of whole grains. The porridge-consistency grits you typically see on breakfast menus and in southern cooking are made from dried kernels of corn that have been chopped into bits. Often, the hull and germ of the kernels are removed when it is dried and ground into grit form.
They may be difficult to find, but there are some whole grain grits available now. If you cannot find whole grain grits in the store, there is always the option of ordering them online. Always check the packaging and nutrition facts to make sure your grits are made from a whole grain rather than refined grains.
Another issue with grits is that they are usually mixed with high-fat ingredients like cheese or butter to add extra flavor. Butter and cheese are both high in saturated fat and calories. Try using smaller amounts of trans-free margarine or reduced-fat cheese in their place when you choose to eat grits.
There are also a lot of other whole grain options out there, so don't be afraid to mix it up once in a while. All types of oatmeal – whether it’s steel cut oats, old fashioned, or quick-cooking oats are considered whole grain. 100% whole wheat bread or toast is also a great option, as is quinoa, brown rice, whole grain barley, popcorn, etc.
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