Whole Grains From The Microwave

If you're having a hard time finding ways to consume 3 servings of whole grains every day, which is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recommendation, a new study published in this month's Journal of the American Dietetic Association may offer a solution. It's popcorn. Don't feel left out if this news takes you by surprise, because it's estimated that only 12% of Americans realize that popcorn is a whole grain food. And fewer than 10% meet the USDA recommendation for whole grain consumption.

The Bigger Picture: Not only does popcorn serve as an easy to munch whole grain treat, but a microwavable low fat/low sodium serving of 100 grams includes 13 grams of protein, 14 grams of dietary fiber along with iron, calcium, magnesium and other minerals. So grab a bag next time you take in a movie. But you might want to take a pass on the butter if you're snacking healthy.
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