Official health advice needs to continue to promote the benefits of consuming more whole grains in the diet.
“In the U.S., the current recommendation is to make half of your grain intake whole grain (so three or more servings per day), and in fact, since 2005, there has been a food-based recommendation for whole grains.”
“Perhaps, as dietary guidance is developed, a greater emphasis needs to be placed on the substitution of refined grains with whole grains, and greater communication on the unique nutritional properties of different types of whole grains,” Dr. McKeown told Medical News Today.
People also need educating about the variety of whole grains that are available, according to Dr. McKeown.
“If you ask a layperson to list all the types of fruits or vegetables available for them to eat, you’d get over a dozen listed, I’m sure — regardless of whether the person eats them or not!”
“But I am pretty sure it would be a challenge for people to identify whole grain foods beyond bread, pasta, and breakfast cereals. So there is still a good amount of consumer education that needs to happen for whole grains".
That being said, here are more examples of whole-grain foods:
Bulgur (cracked wheat)
Whole-wheat bread, pasta, or crackers
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