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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Eat Whole Grains

Eat Whole Grains

General Mills recently commissioned a study to look at the consumption of whole grains. Consumers feel they are getting more whole grains than they really are. Sixty percent responded that they feel like they are getting enough whole grains, but 95 percent are not.

Currently the recommendation is for individuals to consume three servings of whole grains daily. There are many health benefits to consuming whole grains including a decrease risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 Diabetes, colorectal cancer and total mortality.
In many cases, it’s tough to calculate how much whole grain is in a product by scanning the ingredient list. The Whole Grains Council is working to increase whole grains consumption. They have developed a Whole Grain Stamp Program. Manufacturers can place on food packages a “100% Whole Grain Stamp” signifying a product provides one serving of whole grains (16 grams) in one serving. The “Basic Whole Grain Stamp” indicates a product provides a half-serving (8 grams per serving).

1 comment:

  1. Cynthia here, from the Whole Grains Council. Thanks for spreading the word about the Whole Grain Stamp. I'd like to expand on what you said above -- 16g is the MINIMUM whole grain content in products with the 100% Stamp, and 8g is the MINIMUM for the Basic Stamp, but products can -- and often do -- contain much higher levels of whole grain. That gram number will change on every product, helping everyone understand just how much whole grain they're getting.