More Whole Grain Goodness

You've probably heard that switching from refined bread and rice products to their whole grain counterparts can help with weight management. Increased fiber content is one of the reasons why whole grains work so effectively. The dietary fiber provides satiety support that keeps you feeling full for longer. Now a new study published in Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases gives you another reason to make this change for the better. Subjects who consumed whole grains for just 3 weeks realized 4.5% reductions in total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels compared to a refined grains diet.

The Bigger Picture: If a food product contains at least 51% whole grains by weight, the FDA allows it to be labeled 'heart healthy' as long as levels of total fat and saturated fat are kept low. Make the effort to read the ingredients on the nutrition facts panel and make sure that whole grains are listed first. That's how to consistently get the most value for your bread and rice purchases.
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