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Whole Grains

Arrowhead Mills offers mouthwatering cereals, healthful flours and baking mixes, along with a wide range of other delicious products and ingredients that are chock full of whole-grain flavor and homegrown goodness in every bite.

The Whole Grain—What is It, Anyway?

Look for the Whole Grain Stamp on specially marked Arrowhead Mills products

So what does Whole Grain actually mean?  And how do you find it in your grocery store? The Whole Grains Council www.wholegrainscouncil.org suggests that you look for products with the Whole Grain Stamp, a special packaging symbol now on hundreds and hundreds of products—including all Arrowhead Mills products that qualify. Whole grain contains three layers:

  • Outer layer (bran) holds up to 80 percent of the grain’s total mineral value, including B vitamins and most of the fiber;
  • Middle layer (endosperm) contains protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals; and
  • Small inner core (germ) houses concentrated amounts of B vitamins, vitamin E, protein, trace minerals, “good” unsaturated fats, antioxidants and phytonutrients—which cause damage from free radicals in the body.

Organic Steel Cut Oats

Whole Grains Taste Good—and They’re Good for You, Too

The Whole Grains Council says “consuming whole grains instead of refined grains may lower the risk of many chronic diseases.”  The Council recommends that you consume at least three servings of Whole Grains per day because “Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers.” (Source: FDA Authorized Health Claim)

Arrowhead Mills Uses Ancient Whole Grains

Arrowhead Mills captures the essence of what families were meant to eat: wholesome and nutritious products made from ancient whole grains.  These nutrient-rich grains not only add texture and nutrition—they also offer great taste!  Good health, good food, good taste. That’s what Arrowhead Mills is all about.

For centuries, the Aztecs and American Indians have known about the wonderful nutritional benefits and diverse uses for the tiny seed-like grains.  In comparison with other grains, amaranth is high in the amino acids lysine, cysteine and methionine, which are all required for normal cell function.

Barley is the world’s oldest grain.  As incredibly nutritious as it is, it was first brought to the New World to make beer!  The rich supply of fiber not only helps your digestive tract to function at its best, but it also may help to lower cholesterol.

Blue Corn
Evolving from Central American ancestry, blue corn was the most prized grain of the Pueblo tribes.  With a coarser consistency and a sweeter, nuttier taste than yellow or white corn, blue corn boasts a high protein content, and it’s wheat and gluten free.

Oat bran and wheat bran are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber.  The soluble fiber helps maintain cholesterol within normal limits, while the insoluble fiber helps aid digestion and may reduce constipation.

Indigenous to Central Asia, this plant is a nutrition powerhouse! Despite its name, buckwheat is not wheat—it’s a cousin of rhubarb and contains 1,000 mg antioxidant rutin per 100 grams .  Rutin is known to protect against free radical damage.

Derived from the ancient Egyptian word for “wheat,” this grain was discovered thousands of years ago.  Kamut delivers rich flavor and great nutrition, making it a valuable addition to any diet.

The smallest of all grains, millet has been cultivated since 4000 BC. With its complete protein and low-fat composition, this is truly a wheat-free gem!  Millet contains many nutrients including dietary fiber and thiamin (vitamin B1) and magnesium, which are beneficial and important nutrients.  In addition, millet is a wheat-free grain and consistent with gluten-free diets.

First grown in Western Europe, this grain spread to other parts of the world because of its ability to survive in poor soil conditions.  Pure oats—and the vital bran they contain—are some of the best available natural sources of soluble fiber, a powerful nutrient known to help maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels.  Oats contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan, which research has shown can reduce the risk of heart disease.  Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include X grams of soluble fiber per day from [name of fiber source] may reduce the risk of heart disease.  One serving of [name of food] provides X grams of this soluble fiber.  (Source:  FDA Authorized  Health Claim)

The second-largest world crop, rice is a staple food in Asia.  Unlike most grains, this grain is traditionally grown on small paddies and harvested by hand—just as it has been for centuries.  Brown rice is the whole rice kernel, higher in fiber, vitamins and minerals than white rice.  Brown rice is higher in fiber than white rice.  In addition, brown rice is high in selenium, which is a trace element nutrient that functions as cofactor for reduction of antioxidant enzymes.

Popular in its native lands of Russia and the Ukraine, this hearty grain is a bread-making favorite.  Rye is particularly high in insoluble fiber, which is known to keep your bowels moving and may have a detoxifying effect.

Soy is a good source of good-quality protein, thiamin, potassium and iron.  The iron in soy is known for being particularly well absorbed compared with iron from other plant sources. Soy protein and isoflavones have many benefits. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of heart disease.

An ancient cousin to modern wheat, delicious and nutritious spelt was one of the first grains to be grown by early farmers as long ago as 5000 BC.  The fiber found in spelt may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

The true American grain staple, wheat has always been the grain of choice for most people.  Wheat has a complex nutrient profile including protein, carbohydrate and vitamins and minerals.  Wheat is a good source of dietary fiber, which helps reduce constipation but also helps to make you feel full.  Wheat is rich in manganese and copper, two minerals that are essential for your body