Wholegrain cereals are a rich source of many essential vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. The typical wholegrain cereal food is:
low in saturated fat, but is a source of polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 linolenic acid
high in both soluble and insoluble fibre, and resistant starch
an excellent source of carbohydrates
a significant source of protein
a good source of B group vitamins, including folate
a good source of many minerals, such as iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus and zinc
a good source of antioxidants and phytochemicals that can help lower blood cholesterol levels.