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Note from Maria: I am a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Public Health Degree in Nutrition from UNC at Chapel Hill. I have a passion for helping people with nutrition & wellness, especially moms. Women & moms provide care for everyone else often at the expense of considering their own needs. I hope to provide good resources to you to help you make nutrition and wellness a priority.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Why is it so important to eat whole grains?

Why are whole grains important? Eating whole grains provides fiber that helps keep you full.  Consuming a diet high in whole grains is associated with lower incidence of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Eating whole grains can also help you manage your weight. For more info, follow this link :http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/grains-why.html
How to choose whole grains: Chose 100% whole grain bread and pasta, brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, barley, bulgur, whole grain tortillas, popcorn and whole grain cereals. Avoid white bread, white rice, regular pasta, cookies, cake, muffins and most crackers. If the label says “enriched wheat flour” it is NOT whole grain. Even if the bread is brown, it does NOT mean that it is whole grain. It must say 100% whole grain. Read the ingredient label to help you make good grain choices. Tips on how to eat more whole grains: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/grains-tips.html

What about “White Wheat”? This is whole grain flour milled from spring white wheat instead of red wheat. It is a whole grain. If you prefer the white whole wheat, it is a good choice. Read labels carefully to make sure that is what you are getting. 
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