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What Role Should Grains Play in Your Diet?

They’ve been a common staple for many of us - perhaps throughout our lives. Cereal, toast or oatmeal for breakfast. Sandwiches for lunch. Rolls or rice with dinner. Popcorn, crackers or pretzels as a late evening snack. The list could easily go on…. 

So, what’s with the sudden controversy around these particular carbs? 

From nutrition guidelines that suggest several servings of “whole grains" each day to popular diets that forgo grains altogether, the question of how much to eat - or whether to eat them - maybe doesn’t feel as clear as it used to.

Let’s take apart the question by looking at what constitutes "whole grain," what’s behind the current recommendations for grain intake, and how we can make the right decision about the role of grains in our Healthy Way of Eating plan. 

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Interview with a Food Industry Insider - Bruce Bradley

I first came across the blog of Bruce Bradley about five or six months ago. Much of what I read is research on nutrition, metabolism and exercise, which I try to share in various articles on this site. I was intrigued with Bruce’s site because it came from a little different angle on nutrition. Bruce builds a convincing case against diets dominated by processed foods by providing insight into the processed food market itself. His blog,, contains dozens of posts to help readers understand the difference between real food and processed food. In addition, his writing helps people understand the difference between the advertising they’re exposed to and the
truth behind supposed “health” foods.

Enjoy the interview!

-- Tom Nikkola, Director of Nutrition & Weight Management

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Why Eating More Whole Grains Can Cause Weight Gain

Virtually everywhere you look, food advertising tells us to eat more whole grains. Eat more whole grains for “heart health.” Eat more whole grains “to lower cholesterol.” Eat more whole grains to “manage weight.”. A new study in The Journal of Nutrition suggests otherwise, at least for kids at this time.

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What does "Eat more whole grains" really mean?

Each weekend when my wife and I do our grocery shopping, we have a habit of walking through the aisles and paying attention to the claims made on many of the packaged foods. Many of the foods seem to have a claim regarding whole grains, such as “High in whole grains,” “Contains ‘x’ grams whole grains” or something similar. Unfortunately, many people will assume that anything called out on a label must be healthy. Many of these claims can be found on highly processed, high-carbohydrate foods such as breakfast cereals. Besides the packages on food in the store, “eat more whole grains” is a common recommendation from...

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Not-So "Healthy" Choices

“No consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage.” So says Coco-Cola attorneys after the company was sued by the Center for Science in the Public Interest for “deceptive and unsubstantiated claims.”(1) According to a CSPI news release, “the company claims that Vitaminwater variously reduces the risk of chronic disease, reduces the risk of eye disease, promotes healthy joints, and supports optimal immune function, and uses the health buzz words such as ‘defense,’ ‘rescue,’ ‘energy,’ and ‘endurance’ on labels.”(2) In reality, the drink is little more than...

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