February 2015 Issue

10 Whole Grain Myths Busted

EN confronts the top myths surrounding whole grains—wheat, in particular.

At first glance, whole grains, such as whole wheat, barley, quinoa, and brown rice, may not seem like a controversial topic, but misconceptions and half-truths abound, creating barriers to meeting the U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommendation to consume at least three servings of whole grains a day. Environmental Nutrition attended the conference, Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers in November 2014. The conference was organized by Oldways, a Boston-based nonprofit food and nutrition organization. Here’s what we learned about whole grains—whole wheat in particular—to set the record straight.

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