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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 Grain Consumption up 23%

September 18, 2013

The good news is: U.S. whole grain consumption rose 23.4% from 2008 to 2010. The bad news is: we’re nowhere near to making at least half our grains whole. 

According to new data released this month by USDA, overall whole grain consumption in 2007-08 averaged 0.64 daily servings per person; in 2009-10 it had risen to 0.79 servings.  At the same time, refined grain consumption held fairly steady -- so we'd be just fine if only the slogan were "Make 12% of your grains whole." Oops.

Whole Grains and Healthy Brains

September 13, 2013

A new book called Grain Brain, by David Perlmutter, is slated to hit the streets next week, claiming that we should all avoid grains – and basically all carbohydrates – because, as the author says, "modern grains are silently destroying your brain."

From our review of an advance copy sent to us by the publisher, we’ve found that Grain Brain is a misleading and sensationalist title for a book that distorts current science and contributes, sadly, to public confusion about what constitutes a healthy diet.

Good Grains: Nominate a Charity Today

September 10, 2013

As we enter into the second half of Whole Grains Month, we are so pleased to announce what a great success our “Good Grains for a Good Cause” project has been so far. But it’s not over yet, so if you haven’t entered your favorite charity, do so today! 

For those of you who haven’t heard about our Whole Grains Month celebration, here’s how it works: we asked our Whole Grains Council friends to nominate their favorite food focused charity by telling us what makes that organization special. We will select a winner at random who will receive cases of donated whole grain food product from Whole Grains Council members.

Brazilian Pyramid Adds Whole Grains

September 6, 2013

Good news this morning from Brazil. We've just heard that the Brazilian Society of Nutrition has unveiled an update of that country's food pyramid, which now includes whole grain products and breakfast cereals as part of the base of the pyramid. Here's what the new pyramid looks like:

It's okay if you don't speak Portuguese; the pictures speak for themselves. You can see that whole grain bread, crackers, and flour are clearly represented. The plate in the middle, labeled "arroz" definitely looks like brown rice, not white rice, and that little white bowl on the bottom right actually says "quinoa" on it.

Read any good blogs lately?

August 30, 2013

Every year at the beginning of summer, articles in newspapers and magazines recommend the best books to take to the beach – those action novels, mysteries, and romances that help us while away a lazy day in the sun.

Now that summer is drawing to a close and we’re all returning to salt-and-sand- free environments to do most of our reading, we want to recommend some great online reading for lovers of whole grains. Read on, to discover some of our favorite whole grain blog posts and recipe sites.

Whole Grains Head Back to School

August 21, 2013

As you read last week, September is Whole Grains Month, which just so happens to coincide with the beginning of the school year! Nothing makes us happier than seeing schools and students making an effort and huge impact on the whole grain scene. We are encouraged every day by the commitment students and schools alike have to promoting whole grain eating. So, to celebrate back to school (and of course Whole Grains Month!), we want to share some wonderful stories of students and schools making a difference. 

Sweepstakes – Whole Grains for your Favorite Charity

August 15, 2013

Whole Grains Month runs throughout the month of September, but we’re so excited about this year’s main Whole Grains Council activity that we’re starting our celebration a few weeks early.

Cheers to Drinkable Whole Grains!

August 8, 2013

At the Whole Grains Council, we are always on the lookout for delicious new ways to incorporate whole grains into everyday foods, so we were particularly excited to hear that more and more people are drinking their grains. That’s right, drinking whole grains is all over the news this week!

One of our favorite grains, oats, is nutritious, delicious and versatile – and did you know that you can grind it up and add it to smoothies? Oats grind up beautifully, and when added to liquids, become creamy and flavorful, without becoming too thick or overpowering.   

FDA Defines Gluten-Free

August 2, 2013

It’s official: FDA has defined how the term “gluten free” can be used on food labels. This ruling has been a long time coming; Congress asked FDA to set a standard in 2004 and FDA published a proposed rule in January 2007–and here we are, 9 years later, with a ruling!

According to the new rule, foods may be labeled with the words “gluten free” if the food is inherently gluten-free and/or if it contains less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten.

Brown Rice Winning, 2 to 1

July 29, 2013

Back in 2007 we were delighted to learn that customers of PF Chang's China Bistro and Pei Wei Asian Diner ordered almost as much brown rice as they did white rice. At the time, we applauded these restaurants for offering both rice options equally – "Do you want white rice or brown rice with that?" – instead of simply slapping down white rice and making whole grain lovers beg (and wait) for brown rice.

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