Want to eat to beat disease? Then whole grains should be part of your diet. Whole grains are a surprisingly rich source of antioxidants, compounds that help protect against heart disease, cancer and diabetes, according to research. In fact, one study found that gram per gram, whole grains contained the same level of polyphenols, a particular source of antioxidants, as fruits, vegetables and wine. Plus, they’re a great source of fiber, which can help blunt sharp rises in blood sugar.
Despite all these perks, only 12 percent of the grain consumed in the United States is whole grain. If you’re looking to pump up your intake of whole grains, try these delicious recipes: