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The Rio School District participates in the "National Breakfast and Lunch Program." The program has guidelines we must follow and one of those is ALL credible grains must be 51% whole grain. This includes all breading, crust, desserts, school made bakery products, etc.
There are many health benefits in consuming whole grains - they lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems; they are the healthiest grains.
What is a Whole Grain? A whole grain is composed of the bran, germ, and endosperm or kernel. Bran is the outer layer most of the fiber is found here. The kernel makes up most of the seed and contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals. The germ is where a new plant sprouts and contains a concentrated source of nutrients. A whole grain provides better sources of fiber and nutrients than a refined grain.
*Source-Mayo Clinic Website