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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 Pairings

March 16, 2012

You might be asking yourself, “I’ve heard of wine and cheese pairings, but I’ve never heard of whole grain pairings.  That’s because I made it up.  I was thinking of all the yummy whole grains we talk about and sure, we share recipes, but what we really need is a real simple guide to pairing whole grains with other ingredients to maximize their flavor and health potential.

Pasta & Tomatoes.  It’s no accident that these two are often seen together on dinner plates everywhere; this combination is popular in almost every culture.  Start with a whole grain pasta like whole wheat and toss with a can of diced tomatoes for a dose of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant shown to prevent some cancers.  In season, fresh tomatoes are a delight, but the canned varieties surprisingly contain more lycopene than raw tomatoes. A simple, yet successful marriage. 

A Happy (Whole Grains!) Birthday

March 7, 2012

The last few weeks have seen several birthdays here in the Whole Grains Council and Oldways office and as I’m learning (I’m still in my first couple of months here), we know how to celebrate. And celebrate we did!  Let’s just say there wasn’t a shortage of delicious snacks and very festive noise makers, because what’s a party without a noise maker? (Full disclosure: the noise makers didn’t exactly work when it came to making noise but they looked awfully festive!)  

Quinoa Fest 2012

February 14, 2012

Finally, a forecast of snow in this strangely springlike winter. In the fondest hopes of getting snowed in, my friend and I invited a gaggle of friends over for a “snowed-in” party.

Cue Saturday evening: no snow, no food planned and the two of us blowing through the kitchen like a tornado, ripping open cabinets, scouring the fridge and scavenging in the pantry. What did we come up with? 



Feed a Cold

February 10, 2012

The medical advice to “Feed a cold and starve a fever” dates back to about the mid-sixteenth century.  While today’s scientists aren’t so sure about starving a fever, most medical and nutrition experts will tell you your body needs lots of fluids, fruit and vegetable juices, water and nutrient-rich broths to battle a cold. The “feed a cold” adage reminds us to keep up our nutrient levels up  while the virus runs its course.  Otherwise, our bodies won’t have the strength to fight back.

WG Stamp Successfully Addresses Labeling

February 8, 2012

Whole Grain Stamp and Whole Grains Council
Detail Success in Whole Grain Labeling


Oldways founded the Whole Grains Council in 2003 with the express purpose of clearing up confusion around whole grains, and we have worked on this issue 365 days a year, for more than 8 years, making remarkable progress.

Eight years ago there were few whole grain products on the market, and consumers had no reliable way to find foods offering a significant amount of whole grains. Since then, a lot has changed. Our work has had proven, positive results and impact:

  • Whole grain consumption increased 20% in the three years following introduction of the Whole Grain Stamp, according to data from NPD Group.

  • The Whole Grain Stamp is now in use on 6,700 products in 27 countries.

ABC News on Whole Grain Labeling

February 7, 2012

Tonight on World News with Diane Sawyer, Consumer Correspondent Elisabeth Leamy is scheduled to air a segment about whole grain packaging claims. The story was prompted by a letter that CSPI (The Center for Science in the Public Interest) recently sent to FDA, calling for foods making whole grain claims to indicate 1) the amount of whole grains in grams and 2) the percentage of grains that are whole.

ABC News asked the Whole Grains Council to participate in the story, and we spent time at an ABC affiliate this morning answering their questions. We thought our bl appreciate an overview of the points that we made, since only a small part of the interview will be aired. (We talked to Ms. Leamy for 15 minutes, but the final clip - including our views, CSPI's, and any other information - may be only about 90 seconds.)

Research Sheds Light on Gluten Issues

January 25, 2012

We were intrigued in mid-2009 when research documented that celiac disease, an immune system reaction to gluten, has increased four-fold in the past half-century. We covered the research in an earlier blog, but the question still left on the table was, “Why has celiac disease increased so hugely?”

We set out to find the answers, by combing through scientific research, and came across some interesting information that may fill in the holes – and may give hope to the estimated 1-3% of people who cannot digest gluten properly.

Who Else Has Diabetes?

January 20, 2012

I was planning to write about whole grains and diabetes even before Food Network’s Southern Belle, Paula Deen, made her diagnosis public and caused a media frenzy.  I was planning to write about it because my father was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about a month ago.

Whole Grain Bread Sales Rose 70% after 2005

January 11, 2012

January’s here again, bringing with it the anniversary of the Whole Grain Stamp. It was seven years ago this month that Oldways and the Whole Grains Council introduced this now-familiar packaging symbol.

January 2005 also marked the introduction of new Dietary Guidelines in the U.S. These Guidelines for the first time urged Americans to “Make at least half your grains whole.” This was a much stronger recommendation than in the 2000 Guidelines, which simply advised consumers to “Choose a variety of grains daily, especially whole grains.”

Everything changed, that January seven years ago. First, the U.S. government came out with a much clearer and stronger rule. Then, less then two weeks later, we came out with a simple tool – the Whole Grain Stamp.

Whole Grain Holiday Highlights

January 5, 2012

What does the staff of the Whole Grains Council bring to their holiday parties?  Why whole grains of course!  Gatherings of friends and family members make the ideal audience for introducing dishes featuring whole grains. 

Over the Christmas holiday, Chrisanne and I each brought a whole grain dish to share with our families and happily recount our stories to you.

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