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In their natural form the wholegrain cerealscontain the following nutrients:

  • vitamins, mainly B group vitamins including folate
  • minerals, such as iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus and zinc
  • carbohydrates in the starch form
  • fats in small quantities
  • proteins
  • antioxidants, mainly Phenolic compounds
  • phytochemicals like Lignans, Phytic acid, Saponins, phytosterols, squalene, oryzanol and tocotrienols.

When cereals are refined by removal of the bran and germ, mostly carbohydrates remain in their endosperm.

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