How to Buy Whole Grains

Did you read Tuesday’s post about why you should eat whole grains?  Not only are they are good source of fiber, but whole grains are also great if you’re dieting because they will help you to feel full for a longer period of time after you eat.  But how do you know if the grain products you buy are actually whole grains?  It can be confusing.  Use these tips to make sure you are making the best grain choices.

Tips for Buying Whole Grains

  • Foods that are labeled “wheat,” “grain,” “multi-grain,” “stone-ground,” or “bran” do not necessarily contain whole grains.
  • If a product contains whole grains, it will say “whole wheat” or “whole grain” on the label.
  • Read the Nutrition Facts Label.  According to the USDA, good sources of fiber will contain 10-19% of the Daily Value.  Excellent sources contain 20% or more of the Daily Value of fiber.
  • The ingredients list (below the Nutrition Facts Label) should list a whole grain as the first ingredient.  The USDA recommends that you look for the words “whole wheat,” “brown rice,” “bulgur,” “buckwheat,” “oatmeal,” “whole-grain cornmeal,” “whole oats,” “whole rye,” or “wild rice.”

Check out these cooking and shopping tips for whole grains.  Get more cooking, diet and exercise tips at North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss or on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.




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