Bran

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The nutrient packed layers covering the inner kernel of most grains. Bran is loaded with insoluble fiber, which is important for digestive health, and soluble fiber, which helps to lower the cholesterol level in the blood. Removal of these components from the grain is often attributed to the rise in many of the health problems associated with diets low in fiber.

Some types of bran are so popular as a food supplement that they are sold as a separate product. Oat and rice bran are two of the more popular examples of grains in which some of the bran is removed during processing and ground into a meal to be used as a supplement or food additive.

Bran can be stored in an airtight container almost indefinitely because the absence of the germ portion of the grain increases the shelf life. It is most often used in muffins, breads, and cereals and it is available in natural and health food stores and many large food stores.

USDA Nutrition Facts

Serving Size0.33300000000000002 cup (1 NLEA serving)
Calories250
Protein7g
Total Fat2g
Total Carbohydrates80g
Dietary Fiber43g
Sugars27g
Potassium1000mg
Sodium676mg
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size0.5 cup (1 NLEA serving)
Calories364
Protein17g
Total Fat7g
Total Carbohydrates62g
Dietary Fiber14g
Sugars1g
Potassium579mg
Sodium5mg
Cholesterol0mg
Calories43
Protein2g
Total Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates7g
Dietary Fiber1g
Potassium69mg
Sodium46mg
Cholesterol0mg

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