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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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Freekeh-n Fabulous!

October 30, 2013

While many of you know me as the self proclaimed Queen of Quinoa, I have been known to stray and dabble in other grains. Shocking, I know! My latest dalliance comes in the manner of Freekeh, a form of wheat that gets harvested and then roasted when it’s still relatively young and green. Dating all the way back to 2300 BCE, freekeh was “discovered” in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean, and is now primarily produced in Australia.  

Pop-quiz: How Healthy is your Snack?

October 23, 2013

Here at the Whole Grains Council, we want our grains to feel special so we give each one their own month.  In case you missed our newsletter, I’ll squash the suspense and tell you – October’s grain of the month is…corn!  

Sweet and delicious, this seasonal favorite can be enjoyed a variety of ways, but I’ll take this opportunity to talk about its most popular form. (No, I'm not talking about candy corn - although I know how many of you wait each year to see that sweet treat grace your grocery shelves.)  I'm talking, of course, about popcorn, a tasty treat that has been masquerading as a simple snack food for many years...but it's much more!  Popcorn is a snack superstar, a heart hero, and a diet defender!

Wheat - Don't Shoot the Messenger

October 16, 2013

Twenty percent of the world’s calories come from wheat, according to the United Nations – a larger share than any other single food. Ever since our distant ancestors discovered that this grain could be mixed with water, left to ferment, then baked to airy, crusty perfection on hot rocks, wheat has been a cherished staple of diets around the world.

And yet a few popular diet books like Wheat Belly and Grain Brain now advise us to “Just Say No” to wheat, cutting it completely from our lives. In today’s blog, we’ll take a closer look at some of the fictions in these fad books and some interesting facts about modern wheat.

Snack in a Backpack Wins Good Grains!

October 9, 2013

One month and four hundred and ninety six entries later, we are so excited to announce the winner of our “Good Grains for a Good Cause” project: Snack in a Backpack, from Fannin County, Georgia! 

Snack in a Backpack was randomly selected from a list of ninety-nine nominated food related charities, spanning thirty-nine states. This deserving organization will be receiving over 40 cases of whole grain product, donated from twenty-nine Whole Grains Council member companies - that’s a whole lot of whole grain snacks for those kids’ backpacks!  

Whole Grain Heroes in the Navajo Nation

October 2, 2013

When Navajo County Public Health Services requested boxes of materials from the Whole Grains Council for the second year in a row, we knew they must be up to something good.  It turns out we were right!  

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Cherilyn Yazzie – the Program Manager for Arizona’s Navajo County Nutrition Services – about their education efforts and learned more about the amazing lessons being taught in their county.

GrainUP! Whole Grain Celebration in the Twin Cities

September 26, 2013

It’s the final week of Whole Grains Month, and we’re so pleased that organizations across the country have been celebrating with us – we’ve seen TV spots, supermarket promotions, Twitter parties and lots of newspaper and magazine articles focusing on whole grains this month. And that’s not even counting our own “Good Grains for a Good Cause” project; there are still a few days left to nominate your favorite charity here.

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.


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