Food Labels and Whole Grain Foods
Is Your Food Really Whole Grain?
Your Guide to Grains
The Package Says: 100% Whole Grain or 100% Whole Wheat
The Ingredient List Says: Whole Wheat, Oats, Barley, Etc.
The Ingredients List Says: Refined or Enriched Grains
The Ingredients List Says: Wheat Flour or Durham Wheat
The Ingredients List Says: Organic Flour
The Package Says: Whole Grain Stamp from the Whole Grains Council
The Package Says: Good Source of Whole Grains
The Package Says: 7-grain, 9-Grain, 12-Grain, Multigrain, Etc.
The Package Says: Made with Whole Grain or Whole-Grain Blend
The Package Says: Stone-Ground
The Package Says: High in Fiber
Your Guide to Grains
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Unlike many other food fads (we’re looking at you, ’90s low-fat craze, the current trend toward whole grain products is actually a smart one. “Whole grains haven’t had their fiber- and nutrient-rich bran and germ removed by processing, which makes them a good source of fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, and iron, as well as disease-fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals,” says Heather K. Jones, RD, author of The Grocery Cart Makeover. “Eating whole grains is linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and other health problems.” In fact, the USDA recommends three to five 16-gram servings of whole grains a day.
If you’re one of these health-conscious consumers who stocks up on whole grain products, don’t pat yourself on the back just yet. The cereals, breads, and pastas in your pantry may not be as “whole grain” as you’ve been led to believe. Many companies may be taking advantage of your interest in these items by making misleading claims on their packaging. “When it comes to whole grains, I think that the media and manufacturers have done a good job of getting the word out about how they’re good to eat,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, author of Read It Before You Eat It. “But you have to be a smart shopper.” Learn to decode all of the terms on so-called whole grain foods.
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