Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Whole Grain Truth

Americans eat some 20 pounds of pasta per year. Until recently, it was made from wheat with most of the nutritional value stripped away. Whole grain pastas have begun to share the shelf with noodles made with processed grains. Be aware that they are not always "100%" whole grain, even though the words "whole grain, whole wheat," or "multi-grain" are on the label. Organic wheat has nothing to do with whether a product contains whole grain. Though some may imply or use the term " whole grain," after close inspection prove to contain as little as 20%. Here's how to be sure you're buying the real thing: Look for the 100% Whole Grain stamp from the Whole Grains Council, which certifies that all the grain is whole and that the product contains at least 16 grams of whole grains per serving. Also, look for the term 100% Whole Grains; if it doesn't SAY 100%, it probably isn't. Semolina or durum wheat flour on the ingredients list without the word "whole" attached indicates refined grains. To get the most out of your 20 pounds this year, do your homework!

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