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If I get fiber from veggies and nuts, is eating grain foods really necessary?

While it's possible to get enough fiber from vegetables and nuts alone, whole grains are an important source of fiber and other nutrients that can provide additional health benefits.

Whole grains contain all three parts of the grain: the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. This means that they are higher in fiber, vitamins, and minerals compared to refined grains, which have had the bran and germ removed. Whole grains can help regulate digestion, lower cholesterol, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

While vegetables and nuts are also good sources of fiber and other nutrients, they may not provide the same range and amount of nutrients as whole grains. Therefore, it's important to include a variety of fiber-rich foods in your diet, including whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

It's also important to choose whole grain products that are minimally processed and free from added sugars and fats. Some examples of whole grains include brown rice, quinoa, oats, barley, and whole wheat. Aim to include at least half of your grain intake from whole grains each day for optimal health benefits.

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