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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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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.

Home Baking Association Shares Tips to Get Kids in the Kitchen

June 17, 2015

Dietitians and health professionals know that good nutrition starts in the kitchen. That’s why we’re excited to share some healthy home baking tips from Sharon Davis, of the Home Baking Association. Home baking is a great way to build traditions, explore history and culture, develop necessary life skills, build self-esteem, save money, and learn about food and ingredients. Check out Sharon’s guest blog below to learn more about healthy whole grain baking.

By Sharon Davis, Home Baking Association

The Science of Great Tasting Grains

June 10, 2015

Over the weekend, I watched an episode of the Netflix original series Chef’s Table, featuring award winning New York chef Dan Barber. What captivated me about this particular episode, and this chef, was the way in which he discussed the “farm-to-table” movement in a completely new way. What really got my attention was his trip out to Lakeview Organic Grain Farm in Penn Yan, New York, where he discovered the science behind great tasting grains.

Carb Common Sense

June 3, 2015

Carbohydrates have been the mainstay of diets around the world for thousands of years, but recently they’ve been under attack on the web and in some best-selling diet books, leaving the average person thoroughly confused. Let’s break through that confusion, with a simple way to think about your carbohydrate choices.

Do you even know what “a carbohydrate” is? Every bite of food we eat is made up of three different macronutrients – fat, protein and carbohydrate – and most foods are some combination of the three.  Here’s how some common foods break down into their macronutrient parts: 

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