Whole grains, such as whole wheat, corn, oats, and barley, are sources of several nutrients and are a great part of a healthful diet. Not only are they a delicious addition to your meals, whole grains contain nutrients such as B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, folic acid, and niacin), minerals (magnesium, selenium, copper, and iron), vitamin E, protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Pyramid, called MyPyramid, recommends “making half your grains whole.” This translates into at least three ounce-equivalent servings of whole grain foods a day for a 2,000 calorie diet.
Research studies indicate that eating a diet rich in whole grain foods, as part of a healthy diet, may help protect against several chronic diseases. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several whole-grain health claims for use on food labels, stating:
- “A diet rich in whole grains and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol may help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.”
- “Diets rich in whole-grain foods and other plant foods, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help reduce the risk of heart disease.”
- “Low-fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.”
Finding Whole Grains
To find whole-grain foods on your supermarket shelves, check out the ingredient listing on the back of the package. One of the first few ingredients listed should be a whole grain, such as:
- 100% whole-wheat flour
- Brown rice
- Whole oats or oatmeal
- Bulgur (cracked wheat)
- Whole-grain cornmeal
- Whole-grain barley (not pearled)
- Wild rice
- Whole rye
Additionally, you can find whole-grain foods by looking for FDA approved whole-grain health claims on the label.
Another shortcut to finding whole-grain foods is to look for a call-out or statement on the label identifying the whole-grain content. For example, many Pepperidge Farm whole-grain products identify how many ounce-equivalent servings of whole grains each serving of the food provides.
With the wide variety of whole grain products now available at your grocery store, it’s easy to add more whole-grain foods to your day. Here are some of the delicious options available:
- Pepperidge Farm 100% Whole Wheat Mini Bagels and 100% Whole Wheat Bagels
- Pepperidge Farm 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins
- Pepperidge Farm 100% Natural Breads
- Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Breads
- Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain White Breads
- Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Soft 100% Whole Wheat Bread
- Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Croutons
- Whole-wheat cereal flakes
- Toasted-oat cereal
- Whole-wheat pasta
- Brown or wild rice
- Whole-wheat tortillas
Visit our recipe collection of delicious and nutritious foods using Pepperidge Farm® whole grain products.