My mother believed in good nutrition. She fed her family a steady diet of healthy food –often to our chagrin. “Know what you are putting in your body,” was one of her mantras. Those words came back to me this week when I read “The truth about whole wheat and whole-grain bread” in Time magazine.
The article confirmed much of what we already know about whole grain’s benefits: “Any doctor worth their white coat will tell you that eating a diet rich in whole grains is one of the best ways to get fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients that can help fight weight gain, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.” However, the article warned, “finding foods that live up to their whole-grain and high-fiber promises can be tough… Many of [the] products aren’t the wholesome foods brimming with 100% whole grain that they appear to be.”
Fact-check. You need to take the time to check 5 factors. 1. “Made with Whole Grains” is a red flag. Check the ingredient list to be sure it reads “made of 100% whole grain.” 2. Even superfine flours can be called ‘whole grain’ … foods can bear the term “whole grain” whether pulverized or whole kernel if all 3 parts of a grain are present in the right proportions. 3. Fiber-content claims can be misleading. Choose foods with naturally occurring fiber present in the grains … not foods that are bulked up with added fiber. 4. Multigrain is a very tricky word. Multigrain says nothing about whether grains are whole or refined. 5. Not all whole grains are healthy. Check to be sure the ‘whole-grain’ cereals and snack bars are not loaded with added sugar, salt and artificial ingredients. (excerpted from Time, Feb. 6, 2017, pg. 18)
Factor 6 makes it easy. Choose Cream of the West hot cereals. They are 100% whole grain, pure and simple!