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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Whole Grains Claimed In Everything

This article is by Mike Geary.

I don't watch a whole lot of TV considering with my active lifestyle I
prefer to be doing other more productive things. But anyway, I was
watching a little bit today and saw a couple commercials for cereals
claiming that their entire line was made with "whole grain".

Now, I'm not going to mention the brand names as I think several are
doing this now, but I'm sure you've seen these commercials as well, along
with the boxes in the supermarket with big bold "Whole Grain" label on
the front.

The problem is that in a way, they're deceiving you into thinking that
these are healthy food choices with the front label claim, when in
reality, they're still made up of mostly refined flour (stripped of it's
fiber and germ) and various refined or processed sugars.

These types of foods cause wild blood sugar and insulin swings in your
body and increase cravings, among other problems. All of which is not
good if you want to achieve weight loss and have a nice lean body!

You see, all they've really done is added in a LITTLE BIT of whole
grain into each recipe. If you notice, on most of these cereal labels, it
says "made with whole grain" doesn't say "100% whole grain". The
problem is that the majority of the recipe is still mostly refined flours
and sugars.

I will give them credit for making the effort to at least include some
extra whole grain into the mixture, and I will say that it's a slight
improvement to the old recipes which were entirely comprised of refined
flours and sugars.

Just beware that despite the big bold "Whole Grain" claim on the front
of the box, it doesn't mean it's gonna be good for you!


Now here's the trick to decide if a carbohydrate source is actually any
good or not... You can apply this to ANY carbohydrate source such as
breads, cereals, english muffins, pasta, etc...

Look on the BACK LABEL, the nutrition info label... if your
carbohydrate based product doesn't have AT LEAST 2-3 grams of fiber for each 10
grams of total carbohydrates, then it's probably not much of a good
choice. This isn't universal, but is a good rule to go by when choosing
grain based carb sources.

So for example, if a product has 30 grams of total carbohydrates per
serving, you'd want to look to see if it has at least 6 grams of fiber.
If it's not in that ballpark, you could probably find a much better

I hope this little tip helps in choosing healthier options when you're
at the grocery store. Like I've said before, the TRUTH is on the BACK
OF THE BOX, while the gimmicky marketing ploys are on the FRONT OF THE

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