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When there's Big News in the Whole Grains Council, we send out a press release and post it in the press release section of this website. But every day, the momentum of whole grains moves forward in many smaller ways, which you can read about here. Come back often, and see what's new, or subscribe with our RSS feed.

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Whole Grains at Boston Public Market

August 26, 2015

It's summer, when everyone in the Oldways Whole Grains Council offices slips out to the Copley Square Farmer's Market, just a few blocks away, to enjoy the best of local foods. From May to November we savor the vegetables, artisan breads, ripe fruit and crafts that only a good Farmers' Market can offer. Then we go into withdrawal for six months, when none of this is available to us.

Now all that has changed, with the opening earlier this month of the new indoor Boston Public Market, with more than three dozen vendors. It's open sixty hours a week, all year, giving us a Foodie Mecca whenever the spirits moves us. I had to stop by and look for whole grains.

Whole Grains & Health: Spotlighting Where Mainstream Media Gets it Right

August 19, 2015

Headlines across the country boast an entire spectrum of extreme health philosophies, so it can be difficult to separate diet myth from fact. Luckily, an emerging number of mainstream media publications are reporting on the facts, including the importance of whole grains to health. If you feel bombarded by fad diets, check out these science-backed, easy-to-digest articles (and one television program). 

The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten, by Moises Velasquez-Manoff, The New York Times (July 4, 2015)

Whole Grains to Fuel Any Adventure

August 12, 2015

 As the summer days are getting shorter, the weather is becoming less humid and more enjoyable in New England. Taking full advantage of the change in temperature and the dwindling summer season, I love to get outside and explore as much as possible. I was recently planning a hike up New Hampshire’s famous Mount Washington, and was deciding on the best trail snacks to pack along. In my opinion, a good homemade granola/granola bar is perfect when you’re looking for all-day energy and easy storage and cleanup while adventuring in the great outdoors - or anywhere!

Does Anyone Know What Gluten Is?

August 5, 2015

Gluten is a mix of two proteins found in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a wheat-rye hybrid). Wonderfully elastic, gluten makes it possible for dough to stretch and rise in the oven, creating crusty, delicious loaves of bread.

For thousands of years, bread has been considered the staff of life – until now, when misunderstandings about gluten have caused many people to mistrust even the heartiest loaf of artisan bread, as this illustration from Parade Magazine shows. (In the article, which was about "moral panics," Parade suggested people should be afraid of not getting enough fiber if they skip whole grains, rather than fearing gluten.)

Drought Friendly Diet Starts with Whole Grains

July 29, 2015

One of the most memorable findings of the New York Times’ May exposé on the California drought is that almonds require nearly a gallon of water to produce just one little nut. But dig a little deeper into water usage throughout the food system, and you may be surprised to learn that almonds are hardly the thirstiest crops out there. 

In general, animal foods, such as meat and dairy, are much more resource dependent than plant foods, since you have to feed the animal before it can feed you. Here’s how some of the most popular animal foods stack up:

Do Labeling Claims Tell the "Whole" Story?

July 22, 2015

It’s clear that adding more whole grains to your diet is a good decision for your health. Multiple studies have been done touting the health benefits of regularly consuming whole grains. But it can sometimes be confusing trying to figure out where to get your whole grains. Are some better than others? There are countless products in the store that make whole grain claims – but are all of these products as healthy as you think they are? I’m going to break it all down for you and make your next trip to the market easier, by giving you some useful pointers. 

Kids Take Whole Grains to the White House

July 15, 2015

Even though the USDA reports that over 90% of schools are successfully implementing new nutrition requirements for whole grains, you’ve probably heard a tale or two about pushback against whole grains. It’s that same old story: bad news and sensational headlines from a tiny minority grab our attention, while the good news from the vast majority gets left on the cutting room floor. 

News flash: kids like whole grains, especially when they’re incorporated into kid-tested recipes – or even better, kid-created recipes. Rather than debate what youngsters will or will not eat in the cafeteria, let's take a step back and check out the recipes that the children themselves have come up with.

A Guide to Grains & Grills

July 1, 2015

The Summer Solstice brings longer days, warmer weather and the long awaited BBQ season. With the Fourth of July coming up this weekend, outdoor grilling menus are coming together and grocery lists are being made. Some people think of whole grains as being a heartier fall or winter choice, but we want to show you where to add those whole grains to your list for your next midsummer gathering.

Whole Grains at the Airport?

June 24, 2015

This week I'm traveling to Portland, OR for the Whole Grain Summit 2015, where I'm speaking about Communicating the Science of Whole Grains. Although I flew Jet Blue – which serves snacks, including whole grain chocolate chip cookies – I was pretty hungry when I landed at PDX. 

But can I really find whole grains at the airport? I was pleasantly surprised to find that the answer is yes. Airport food has come a long way in recent years, offering some decent options for someone who likes Real Food, including whole grains. Here's a pictorial review of what I found.

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