04/25/2012 02:20 pm ET Updated Jun 25, 2012

17 Healthy Grains You've Never Heard Of

For many, whole grains are an important part of a healthy diet. Consuming at least three servings of whole grains per day (one serving is a 1/2 cup of cooked grains like oatmeal or rice, or one slice of bread) can reduce the risk of some chronic health conditions like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. One study also showed that eating whole grains in place of refined grains can reduce potentially dangerous excess abdominal fat, buildup that can raise blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and even cause insulin resistance (potentially leading to diabetes).

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