Stack a Smarter Sandwich

Stack a Smarter Sandwich

Today is National Sandwich Day; but America’s favorite handheld meal isn’t always the greatest go-to when it comes to nutrition. According to one study, 49% of Americans age 20 and older eat a sandwich every day. And sandwiches account for roughly 1/5 of daily sodium intake. If you stack it wrong, your next sandwich could … Read more

Cereal Fiber Beats Back Diabetes Risk

Cereal Fiber Beats Back Diabetes Risk

If you need yet another reason to get your fiber on – a new study shows cereal fiber can help keep diabetes at bay. A study published in the journal Diabetologia showed that not only does dietary fiber help fight type 2 diabetes risk, but it also helps lower Body Mass Index (BMI) and keeps … Read more

Grain Bashing Takes a Back Seat

Grain Bashing Takes a Back Seat

“Carbs are destroying your brain,” crows the Grain Brain diet book. While “Wheat is why you’re sick,” screams the Wheat Belly diet book. Despite a recent spate of grain bashing, new research indicates that eating grains has a more positive health impact than refraining from them. The Grain Foods Foundation (who, granted, is in the … Read more

Can Whole Grain Intake Reduce Mortality Rate?

A variety of foods made from wheat

According to 2015 research, consuming a high amount of whole grain is linked to the lower risk of premature death since it lowers the causes of early death like type 2 diabetes (Mellitus), major chronic diseases, and cardiovascular disease. The study was based on two substantial cohort surveys, including 43,744 males from the Health Professional … Read more

Gluten Free Grains, Guilt Free

Gluten Free Grains, Guilt Free

“I’ve only been gluten free for a week, but I’m already really annoying,” declares the cartoon caption from a recent New Yorker magazine. Almost as trendy as eating gluten free is the trend of writing about how gluten free diets aren’t healthy. And the gluten free bandwagon certainly has been taking a beating lately in … Read more

Everything about Sprouted Grains

Mixed bean sprouts (shoots)

Healthy eating is a lifestyle: you start eating wholesome and healthy foods while also informing yourself on several things about organic food items and how they are grown. You start skimming down the list of ingredients in various packaged foods, such as bread. Of the numerous healthy items you can include in your diet is … Read more

Pelletized Fiber: Coming to Your Cereal Soon

Pelletized Fiber: Coming to Your Cereal Soon

General Mills announced recently that it has filed a patent on a technique to pelletize fiber and calcium for use in ready-to-eat (RTE) breakfast cereals. The process will use a gelatinized starch to coalesce calcium and fiber for the purpose of supplementing processed cereals. Mmmm… Is this a big deal? Well…General Mills thinks so. The … Read more

Ancient Grains Gobbledygook

Ancient Grains Gobbledygook

Ancient grains are having their day in the sun…and rightly so: grains like quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, and spelt are being “rediscovered” and lauded for their nutrition benefits and whole grain attributes. In their pure form, these whole grains are good sources of fiber, B vitamins and other minerals and nutrients. But as with any food … Read more

The 10:1 Ratio for Choosing Whole Grains

The 10:1 Ratio for Choosing Whole Grains

Even whole-grain gurus have a tough time deciphering front of package whole-grain claims. With 34,000 new whole grain products introduced in 2012 (compared to just 264 in 2001), it has become increasingly difficult to determine just how different “made with whole grain” really is from “100% whole grain”. Now, from the Harvard School of Public … Read more