Critics of this particular study say that the fact that whole grains came from cereal, as opposed to from some other source, has nothing to do with the results. The whole grains could have come from any source and as long as the same serving sizes was reached, the results should be the same. The benefit in associating the results with cereals is that it is relative easy to find healthy cereals that meet the minimum standards set by the study. Additionally,because people often skip breakfast (or don't have whole grains with it), eating cereals adds extra servings of whole grains above and beyond what they would normally eat throughout the day.
"wholegrains" news and stories
By now, just about everyone knows that whole grains are good for you and the simple advice to switch to whole wheat bread and substitute brown rice for white is only going to bring in grains in a very limited way. Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way is a cookbook that is also a complete, detailed guide to different types of grains. It covers fairly common ones, like barley and polenta, as well as more unusual grains, such as quinoa and amaranth.
The book has a tremendous amount of well-researched reference material in it that is intended to make the book instructive, a reference guide in addition to a regular cookbook - and one that you can turn to again and again for clarity on cooking methods and the properties of various grains, regardless of what cookbook you are using. The recipes themselves are very varied, with meat dishes, vegetarian dishes and plenty of desserts. Some are simple and others more complex, but thanks to the clarity given in the book's tables and descriptions, all are easy to make. Highlights include Quinoa and Calamari Salad, Popcorn Crusted Catfish, Posole with Pork and Chipotle, Bulgur Pudding with Honey and Dates, Coconut–Black Rice Pudding and Chocolate Chip-Hazelnut Cookies.
While Atkins may be out, the idea of "good carbs" vs " bad carbs" is still at the forefront of the thoughts of healthy eaters everywhere and whole grains are definitely a hot topic for cooks. Against the Grain not only provides whole grain recipes, but it is rooted in Mediterranean cuisine, which is not only heart-healthy, but might play a role in Alzheimer's prevention.
The recipes, most of which are formulated for weight loss or "maintenance," are not limited to Italian food, which many cookbooks seem to think is synonymous with "Mediterranean cuisine." They come from Morocco, Tunisia, Greece and the Middle East, as well. There are appetizers and snacks, soups, salads and lots of main courses, all of which are light on potatoes, breads and other white-flour foods. Instead, there are lots of proteins, vegetables and combinations of whole grains, including brown rice, bulgur wheat. Recipes include Pork Medallions Marinated with Olives and Orange, Roast Chicken Stuffed with Spinach, Wild Rice, Walnuts, and Feta and Sicilian Fisherman's Stew.
We already got some advice on which white breads were the best tasting (although you can always opt for homemade if you want to avoid store-bought entirely) but what about whole grain breads? There are so many different varieties to choose from, it's actually quite a feat to narrow down your criteria to the point where you can compare similar breads. One glance at the shelf in the grocery store shows whole wheat, honey wheat, oat bran, oat nut, multi-grain, 8-grain and dozens of other "whole grain" breads. Rather than trying to work out which might be the best, Food & Wine magazine picked out a few of their favorite whole grain products as a jumping off point, a benchmark that you can work from to find your own favorites. They selected De Cecco Whole wheat pasta, Pepperidge Farm Natural Pepperidge Farm whole wheat bread and Keebler Wheatables.
It's worth noting that the Pepperidge Farm bread did well in the white bread tasting, too, but I would choose Kashi's Tasty Little Crackers over F&W's choice of Wheatables for a whole-grain snack any day.
Over the past several months, we have seen that red wine and grapefruit are both good for your gums (a guy who lost most of his teeth says that peanut milk is good, too, but you'll have to take his word for that one) and can potentially help fight or prevent gum disease. Now, it looks like a diet rich in whole grains could also reduce the risk of developing periodontitis.
In a study done by researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, 34,000 men, aged 40-75, had their eating habits followed via survey for fourteen years. None had a history of periodontitis, heart attack, high cholesterol or diabetes at the start of the study. 5.5% of the men developed periodontitis (gum disease), but the men who reported that they ate at least three servings a day of brown rice, popcorn and other whole grains were significantly less likely to get the disease that the men who reported eating one or fewer servings of whole grains.