Whole grains are grains that have not lost vital nutrients and fiber during food processing. As a result, whole grains may enhance blood sugar balance, appetite control, cardiovascular health and digestive irregularities. Whole grains contain significant amounts of soluble fiber which, according to MayoClinic.com, helps material move through your digestive tract, enhances stool bulk and promotes healthy bowel movements.
For best results, replace enriched breads, pasta, cereals and snack foods with whole grain equivalents. Whole grain fiber-rich foods include whole wheat spaghetti, pearled barley, whole grain bran flakes and muffins, steel-cut oats, air-popped popcorn, brown rice, wild rice and 100 percent whole grain breads.