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July 2008 Issue

Brown Rice Cake Bonus

A package of rice cakes that lists simply "whole-grain brown rice and salt" as ingredients is indeed a whole-grain food. Quaker Foods brown rice cakes, for example, provide nine grams of whole grains each, enough to qualify for a whole-grains stamp from the Whole Grains Council. However, brown rice is lower in fiber than many other whole grains, and a puffed rice cake doesn’t contain enough fiber to list it on the label. But that doesn’t lessen its whole-grain benefits.

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