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Review by Debbie Mazo
Don't blame your grains. Even though carbohydrates have been receiving a lot of bad press lately, there's no reason to swear off complex carbohydrates forever. After all, grains are still an important component of a well-balanced diet. Find out how you can incorporate this powerhouse of nutrition into your lifestyle, when you stop by the WheatFoods Council site.
With more bang for your bite, wheat crops have been feeding the world for centuries. Despite evidence from medical research about the health benefits of whole grains, consumers are still perplexed about the best eating practices. To set the nutrition record straight, the WheatFoods Council is here to dispel the myths and misunderstandings when it comes to the latest eating trends. With reviews of the most popular diet books, you can figure out for yourself how diet gurus stack up when compared with the dietary recommendations of the Food Guide Pyramid.
Despite all the nutrition confusion, there still is some good news. According to the WheatFoods Council, grains are the only food category with increased consumption over the last 10 years. In Grain Food Trends, discover how grains have been making the news lately with new taste sensations like bread salads (day-old bread cubes soaked in vinaigrette as a main ingredient in a garden-style salad). Or, check out the growing Grains Glossary for the differences between popular grain choices like couscous, made from semolina, and bulgur, popular in Middle Eastern dishes like tabbouleh.
Grains come in a multitude of flavors and textures, so go ahead and experiment to see how you can broaden your food choices. Recipe Favorites at WheatFoods Councils range from baked goods like Italian Focaccia with a herb topping to side dishes like the In-the-Pocket Red Bean Bake sprinkled with finely shredded cheddar or Jack cheese. You can also browse Five Quick Ways to Treat Your Sweet Tooth with tempting choices like Brownie Kebabs or Jazzed Up Strawberry Shortcake with a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt.
To win the hearts and stomachs of your children, the WheatFoods Council has plenty of pointers for getting your children to eat healthier. For example, why not take them to the supermarket, farmers' market, or convenience store, and discuss the differences in price, freshness, nutrition benefit, and variety. Or, start a new food club with your child, and make a poster marking each new food your child tastes. Whatever your age, the WheatFoods Council can lend a hand when it comes to putting grains and all their benefits back into your diet.
Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].
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