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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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Guest Chefs Visit Rookie School Challenge Winner

May 29, 2013

Who better to tell the story of a visit to Whole Grain Challenge Winner, Baker School District, than the Guest Chef herself, Coleen Donnelly.  She and Chef Mike Holleman, both of Indian Harvest, dedicate themsleves to delivering healthy and delicious whole grains to a variety of foodservice operators, and graciously offered their expertise to our Challenge winners.

AACCI Characterizes a Whole Grain Food

May 22, 2013

Yesterday AACCI came out with its much-deliberated characterization of a whole grain food. You're probably asking, "Who is AACCI?" and "What the heck is a characterization?" while thinking you've got a pretty good idea of what a whole grain food is. Read on, though. This gets interesting.

Whole Grains Make Chickens Less Likely to Carry Bad Bacteria

May 17, 2013

We all know the saying "You are what you eat." But today we're going to take that idea one step further: "You are what 'what you eat' eats." As it turns out, you may be healthier if the chicken you eat has been fed a diet rich in whole grains instead of refined grains.

Catching up With WGC Culinary Advisor Robin Asbell

May 9, 2013

The Whole Grains Council is lucky enough to have a fabulous and talented group of culinary advisors at our fingertips. Our advisors all come from diverse professional backgrounds and are constantly working on new and interesting projects, that move whole grain momentum forward. We’ve just received an update from Robin Asbell, that illustrates just how wonderful our culinary advisors are!

Robin Asbell is a chef, food writer, and cooking teacher specializing in natural foods. During her 20 years in the food industry, Robin has worked as a chef in both restaurants and private clients' homes, developed recipes for restaurants and Web sites, and written numerous articles for such magazines as Vegetarian Times, Better Homes and Gardens, and Fine Cooking. She has been writing a monthly column called "Eating Healthy" for more than 10 years.

Guest Chef Visits Veteran School Challenge Winners

May 1, 2013

The 2012 Whole Grain Challenge offered the opportunity for “veteran” and “rookie” schools to win cases of whole grain products by sharing their whole grain cooking experiences. While the top 10 schools were sent cases of whole grain products, the two grand prizewinners had the honor of hosting a special guest chef in their school to conduct a staff workshop on whole grain cooking.

Nutrition Specialist Angie Gaszak and her team at Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) were the Grand Prize winning school in the veteran category. Their tried-and-true method of slowly incorporating new foods that honor their diverse population of students truly impressed our judges.

Happy Sprouted Grains Month

April 25, 2013

I didn't want April to end without a salute to sprouted grains, April's Grain of the Month here at the Whole Grains Council. With sprouted grains becoming increasingly popular, we'd like to use this blog to answer some of the most common questions we get about them.

Q. What exactly is a sprouted grain?
A. Grain kernels are actually the seed of a new plant, so sprouting is what they do naturally, when the right moisture and temperature are present. As a grain kernel sprouts, or germinates, its starches turn into sugars that are easier for the new baby plant to digest -- and may also be easier for some humans to digest too. Generally sprouting is stopped with the sprout is just peeking out of the kernel -- equal in length, or smaller, than the length of the kernel. 

For Boston!

April 18, 2013

As many of you know, the Whole Grains Council is located right in the heart of Boston, just blocks from Copley Square. Copley is home to the Boston Public Library, Old South Church, Trinity Church, John Hancock Tower and every year on the third Monday in April -- Patriot’s Day -- the Boston Marathon finish line. A day usually filled with happy cheers, pride, and admirable athleticism was marred with sadness and heartbreak. 

In light of the Boston Marathon tragedy, we've decided to devote this week to highlighting some of the very positive things that are going on in Boston's Back Bay. Today's blog will feature just a sampling of the wonderful whole grain choices available within 10 blocks of the Boston offices of Oldways and the Whole Grains Council.

Boston Celebrates Sampling Day

April 9, 2013

Here in Boston, one of the most popular modes of transportation is the Boston Duck Boat Tours. On a typical day, these all-terrain vehicles take tourists through the city (and into the Charles River!) to see the city’s great landmarks. But last Wednesday, on Whole Grain Sampling Day, one of the duck boats served a different purpose. It took the WGC team and volunteers all around town to dish out whole grain goodies in celebration of Whole Grain Sampling Day.

Q&A: Boston University Goes Whole Grain

March 28, 2013

Right down the street from Oldways and WGC headquarters is the bustling campus of Boston University, with nearly 30,000 students and 8,000 staff members. It was this time last year, during Whole Grain Sampling Day 2012, where we met students and faculty of BU and their partners, the Sargent Choice Nutrition Center staff.

The Sargent Choice Nutrition Center, with five full-time registered dietitians, provides a variety of services to the BU community and the general public. One thing that impressed us mightily is their tireless campaign to bring healthier choices to the BU dining halls, through the Sargent Choice Healthy Dining Program.

Health Study: Kamut Wheat vs. Modern Wheat

March 21, 2013

Is ancient wheat healthier than modern wheat? In some respects it may be, according to an Italian study published recently in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Scientists at Careggi University Hospital in Florence conducted a randomized crossover study including three eight-week periods: one in which subjects ate their normal diet but with all grain products – bread, crackers, pasta and cookies – made with Kamut® brand Khorasan wheat, a washout period of eight weeks, and eight weeks in which all grain products were made with modern Durum wheat and soft wheat.


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