Whole grain

Talking whole grains with Dr. Stork

Popcorn, bread, pasta … all are examples of foods that could make a difference in your diet.

So what do they have in common? They all contain whole grain.

Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host on “The Doctors,” spoke with us about the benefits of whole grain during a recent visit to General Mills.

It was clear in talking with him that he’s interested in surveys that have shown that most of us – 95 percent according to the Dietary Guidelines Committee Report – aren’t getting enough whole grain.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that half the grain included in a person’s diet come from whole grain (at least 48 grams recommended daily).

What is whole grain?

“Whole grain” is the entire seed of wheat, rice, corn or oats that includes all three parts of the grain (the bran, the germ and the endosperm). Cereals with whole grain use the whole seed without refining out the bran and germ. The health benefits of whole grain come from those three components working together in their natural proportions.

What are the health benefits of whole grain?

According to the Dietary Guidelines, evidence indicates that whole grain intake may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and is associated with a lower body weight. In this video interview with us, Dr. Stork talks about some of the health benefits (Video).

How can you get more whole grain into your diet?

Dr. Stork recommends finding ways to incorporate whole grain into your diet throughout the day. In addition to selecting cereal with whole grain, he also suggests exploring other foods with whole grain from whole grain pasta and brown rice to rye and quinoa (Video).

Whole grain and Big G

To help make whole grain an easy choice for people, General Mills has announced that it has completed a multi-year health reformulation involving its entire portfolio of Big G cereals.

Now every Big G cereal has more whole grain than any other single ingredient (including all sources of sugar combined) with the same great taste.

Consumers will see “whole grain” as the first ingredient on the ingredient list, indicating that whole grain is the most prevalent ingredient. This includes mainstay brands such as Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Total, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and more.

Improving the health profile of our cereals continues to be a major strategy for General Mills. Ensuring that there is more whole grain than any other ingredient in every Big G cereal is another step in ensuring our cereals are nutrient-dense and one of the healthiest breakfast choices a person can make.

To learn more about cereal and nutrition, visit GeneralMills.com and CerealBenefits.com.

Kris Patton is an external communications manager for General Mills, based in Minneapolis. She oversees initiatives for the global responsibility platform. She began her career at General Mills in 2011.

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  • Breadwild

    I love the idea of whole grains and was a big fan of FiberOne until I learned that General Mills is putting the dangerous artificial chemical sweetener Aspartame in it. Done with that product.