Not all cereals are created equal! Whether hot or cold, go for whole grain cereals. These tend to be less processed, are more nutritious and make us feel fuller for a longer period of time. There is a ton of research supporting the consumption of whole grains to benefit and protect health.
Claims regarding whole grains can be very confusing, so look for the Whole Grain Stamp. This stamp was created by the Whole Grains Council for products containing 45 grams or more of whole grains per serving.
As the health of our children continues to be at the forefront of U.S. school foodservice policy, here’s what policymakers and school communities are thinking about, talking about and putting into action.
New Ways to Incorporate More Fruits and Vegetables: single-serve packages of sliced fresh fruits and vegetables for students on-the-go; allergy-free trail mix made with dried fruit; unsweetened apple and pear sauce; smoothies; fruit and veggie beverages, baked sweet potato “fries” and puffs; felafel and hummus.
Whole Grain Rich Foods – For Snacking Too!: whole grain pancakes and waffles, whole grain pretzels, crackers, majority of breads served are whole grain, in addition to whole grain salads and incorporating whole grains in soup.
Lower-Sodium Foods: reduced sodium sauces for stir fry dishes; reduced sodium salsa and pasta sauce; reduced sodium deli meats; fresh, whole foods prepared in house.
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Researchers recently discovered that popcorn may be a new superfood.
According to findings reported by ScienceDaily, popcorn contains a large concentration of polyphenols—even more so than fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants are thought to reduce inflammation and protect against heart disease. The hulls of popcorn (the seed coverings that tend to get stuck in our teeth) have the highest concentration of these polyphenols, as well as high amounts of fiber. While popcorn could never replace fruits and vegetables, especially in regard to other important nutrients, this certainly supports promoting popcorn as a healthy snack.
At a National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Diego on March 25, Joe Vinson, Ph.D., who led the research, stated, “Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It’s the only snack that is 100% unprocessed whole grain. All other grains are processed and diluted with other ingredients, and although cerea...
Whole grains are more on the public’s radar now than ever before. And for good reason—studies have shown that consuming whole grains can lead to huge health benefits. A diet rich in whole grains reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Stroke.
Eating whole grains regularly also helps people maintain a healthy body weight, healthy blood pressure levels, even reduces the risk of asthma and gum disease!
Whole grains and products made from whole grains also taste great – and because of their high fiber content, make us feel full and satisfied.
The Whole Grains Council is a wonderful and comprehensive resource for information on whole grains. Check them out for a list of all the types of whole grains (including a list of gluten free whole grains!), whole grains recipes, what is involved in labeling a product “whole grain” and what to look for when purchasing whole grain products.