(HealthDay News) -- Whole grains are an important part of a balanced diet and can help reduce your risk of developing some chronic diseases.
Grains are a source of fiber, several B vitamins, and minerals such as iron, magnesium and selenium, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.
The agency mentions these possible advantages to adding more grains to your diet:
- May reduce your risk of heart disease.
- May reduce constipation.
- May help you better manage your weight.
- If fortified with folate, may help prevent neural tube defects during fetal development.