May 2011 Issue

Fill Your Daily Whole Grains “Gap”

Whole grains are everywhere—in breakfast cereals, breads, side dishes like grain and pasta, soups, snacks, and baked goods. With such availability and the good news about their health benefits, you’d think we’d all be meeting our recommendation for three servings of whole grains a day. Sadly, we’re a long way off. "Consumers feel they are getting more whole grains than they [really] are," said Kristin Harris, Ph.D., Senior Nutrition Scientist at General Mills, at the Whole Grains Council Conference on January 31, 2011 in Portland, OR. "Sixty percent respond that they feel like they are getting enough whole grains, but 95 percent are not. This is a huge gap for Americans."

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