Quick Bite: All Whole Grains Are Not Created Equal

“Whole Grains” is one of the very popular buzzwords in food and health today. It’s no surprise then that the Food Industry is jumping on the bandwagon and advertising whole grains in many products. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has an excellent guide on whole grains and recently got press coverage exposing the problems with labeling of whole grains.

Here’s a picture from a friend of mine, one of the rare honest labels out there:

Here are quick tips on shopping for whole grains:

  • actual grains are better than flour
  • whole grain flour is better than “enriched” flour
  • the front of package label does NOT tell the whole truth
  • read the ingredient list for the whole truth

And why does this matter? Whole grains are healthier for you than processed grains and flour. They have a lower impact on your blood sugar levels and provide lots of nutrients and fiber. Stay tuned for more information on why whole grains matter.

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2 Responses to “Quick Bite: All Whole Grains Are Not Created Equal”

  1. Emily says:

    I read through the CSPI study you linked to. I think the best line from it is:

    The Whole Truth: “Wheat” could mean refined or whole. “Harvest” means “nice
    sounding word.

  2. Rachel says:

    Emily, YES! So much of the marketing really IS entertaining when you look at it.

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