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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Whole Grains: Improving America's Failing Grade

The title of this post may seem a bit harsh, but when America averages only 1 serving of whole grains per day instead of the recommended 3-5 servings, an "F" is the only grade possible.  So why do we care about whole grains?  With a whole grain, you get the bran, germ and endosperm - all three parts of the grain.  Those three provide a great balance of fiber, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.  Nutrients found in whole grains not only fuel your body, but also help prevent heart disease, digestive problems and help with weight maintenance.  With a few minor adjustments you can increase your whole grain intake and bring it back into the "A" range again. Try:
  •  Air popped popcorn for a snack - yes popcorn is a whole grain
  • Whole grain bread, cereals, and tortillas instead of their lighter counterparts
  • Corn torillas - remember corn is a whole grain
  • Steel cut oats, bulgur or cracked wheat hot cereal for breakfast
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Pearl Barley or Quinoa in soups
  • Cereals that are high in whole grain (check the ingredient label and make sure the first ingredient says whole _____ )
For more info on ways to increase your whole grain intake, check out this segment on Fresh Living:

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