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Various Whole Grain Guidelines Can Be Misleading, Inconsistent

January 11, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Harvard researchers who examined the nutrient content of food items that followed any of five government/industry guidelines for labeling whole grain foods found that the guidelines were inconsistent and could be misleading. Grain products with the Whole Grain Stamp of the private Whole Grain Council – it requires at least eight grams of fiber per serving – were found to be higher in fiber and lower in trans fats. But many products with the stamp contained more sugar and calories than products that didn’t bear the stamp. The American Heart Association's standard "10:1 ratio" guideline – whole grain products should have a carbs-to-fiber ratio of less than 10:1 – was the best indicator of overall healthfulness: products were higher in fiber and lower in trans fats, sugar, and sodium, and did not have more calories than products that did not meet the ratio.
Erin Hicks, "'Whole Grain' Foods Not Always Healthy", Everyday Health, January 11, 2013, © Everyday Health Media, LLC
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