Though cereal grains have received a bad reputation in recent years, some types are definitely healthy.

This includes some whole grains that are loaded with fiber and contain a decent amount of protein.

Notable examples include oats, brown rice and quinoa.

Oats are loaded with beta-glucans, soluble fibers that have been shown to increase satiety and improve metabolic health (34Trusted Source, 35Trusted Source).

Both brown and white rice can contain significant amounts of resistant starch, particularly if cooked and then allowed to cool afterward (36Trusted Source).

Keep in mind that refined grains are not a healthy choice, and sometimes foods that have "whole grains" on the label are highly processed junk foods that are both harmful and fattening.

If you're on a very low-carb diet, you'll want to avoid grains, as they’re high in carbs.

But there's otherwise nothing wrong with eating whole grains if you can tolerate them.