Everyone needs to eat whole grains for optimum health: children, adults, athletes, seniors. Once you have all the information on how to identify and purchase whole grain foods, it is easy to start including them in your meal planning.
For families and school foodservice directors, planning healthy meals is top-of-mind. We at the Grains for Health Foundation work to make it easier for you to obtain whole grains and foods made with whole grains so healthy meal planning is a snap.
Your purchasing power makes a difference. So when you demand healthier foods, the entire food supply adjusts. Understanding how the “grain chain” works is the first step in taking charge of the foods you find in your grocery stores and the foods provided in your child’s school.
Your questions, answered:
How much whole grain should we be eating each day?
Enjoy at least 3 servings of whole grains each day. Here are examples of a serving of whole grains:
½ cup of cooked oatmeal
1 slice of 100% whole grain bread
½ cup of cooked, whole grain pasta
1 cup of whole grain dried cereal
½ cup cooked brown rice
How do I identify which foods contain healthy, whole grains?
Start reading nutrition labels. Whole grain breads and cereals will list ingredients such as “100% whole wheat.” Be scrupulous, though, since labels with “100% wheat” or “Multi-grain” mean they likely do not contain actual whole grains. To make it simple: if a product contains whole grains, that’s a huge selling point and the packaging would announce it since whole grains are nutritionally superior.
How can I make a difference in the health of the food supply?
Your purchasing power makes a huge difference. What you buy in the store or what you order for your school’s foodservice increases demand for like products. If you buy foods containing whole grains, more become available. Your vote matters, too. Public schools are moved with the power of their parents and staff—lobbying for healthier foods means everyone to wins.
How do I begin?
If you’re either a K12 foodservice director or a parent and you’re interested in more information about how your voice is necessary for transforming the US food supply, please call 952-500-9012 or email us today: firstname.lastname@example.org.