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NewsBites April 2016 Issue

Whole Grains Slowly Gaining

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Efforts to increase whole grains' share of total grain consumption are slowly paying off, but most Americans still fall far short of targets for whole-grain intake. That's the takeaway from an analysis of 2001-2012 national nutrition survey data published in Nutrition Journal. Researchers found that average adult consumption of whole grains increased from 0.72 ounce-equivalents per day in 2001-2002 to 0.97 per day in 2011-2012. But while 60% of adults met recommendations for total grain intake, only 8% got the recommended amount of whole grains. Children consumed even less whole grains and fewer than 1% got the recommended amount.

Eating more whole grains pays off, the study also found. Whole-grain consumption was associated with significantly better intakes of nutrients and dietary fiber, as well as with lower BMIs and smaller waist circumferences.

Comments (1)

I'm really surprised how good whole grain pastas are but I wonder if there are guidelines on the best choices as I am sure, as with some "whole grain" breads, some contain less whole grain.

Posted by: Robert Haile | July 4, 2016 3:30 PM    Report this comment

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