If you haven’t already read our blog post about the differences between whole grains, refined grains, and enriched grains, and why it even matters, here is a quick rundown. Whole grains—like those used in every Kodiak Cakes product—consist of three parts: the bran, germ, and endosperm. Enriched and refined grains, on the other hand, have had the bran and germ removed during the milling process. While removing these parts of the grain does extend the shelf life of the flour, it also removes most of the nutritional benefits from the whole grain—such as fiber. This is important because research suggests that fiber plays an important role in achieving good gut health.