Grains are a major source of carbohydrates. All the more reason why one should choose whole grain instead of the refined grains that we see in all processed food such as cookies, non whole grain cereal, white bread etc. The parts of a whole grain are bran, germ and endosperm. Refined grains such as bleached wheat flour contains only part of the grain and thereby are less nutritious. To get the entire nutrition of the grain, try consuming them as whole, cracked, ground etc..Whole grains are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Whole grains help prevent diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer etc. Below are some of the super grains you can include in your regular diet to get your 3 to 6 servings a day.

Barley:
This whole grain is loaded with fiber. To make it edible, the hull and some of the bran has to be removed.It can be used in soups and in salads. They help cut down cholestrol levels. They are a good source of selenium, which helps boost immune system.

Buckwheat:
They are technically not a grain. However their nutrition level is high and they can be substituted for whole wheat in pancakes, waffles etc. They help lower bad cholestrol. They also help improve circulation and nerve functions of the body.

Millet:
It is very high in protein and a good source of Magnesium and B Vitamins. It helps regulate blood sugar and helps reduce pain and cramps. The Magnesium helps boost It can be prepared like hot cereal. It can also be used in making muffins, pancakes, breads etc.

Quinoa:
A great source of protein , it can be substituted for rice. Can be used in soups and salads. It is gluten free and high in Omega 3 fatty acids.

Whole Rye:
High in fiber content. It aids in weight loss and helps prevent breast cancer.

Teff:
It is a relative of millet. It is also gluten free and is a great source of iron and calcium. It helps strengthen bones and helps in losing weight. It can be cooked hot for a nice breakfast cereal.

Kamut:
This grain has more fatty acids and more protein than most of the grains. It is also very high in Vitamin E and B Vitamins. Helps develop god immunity and fight against inflammation.