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With the Grain: A closer look at the nutrient quality of grain, grain-based products, and the role of organic agriculture
Grains are often an important part of a healthy and nutritious diet. But not all grains or grain products are created equal. Whole grains provide many health benefits and are important in the prevention of chronic diseases. Increasing research has shown that many of the health benefits of whole grains come from not only the higher fiber content, but also their rich variety of vitamins, minerals and health promoting phytochemicals, many with antioxidant activity.
A Closer Look at What's in Our Daily Bread
Bread plays an important role in the overall consumption of grains, particularly whole grains. Today there is an increasing variety of organic, "natural," and conventional breadwhite, wheat, whole wheat, sprouted wheat, and gluten-free. Each with its own claim about freshness, taste, nutrition, and other benefits. But what's really in our daily bread? Does the type of bread you eat really make a difference? And in particular, how do organic bread ingredients differ from those in "natural" and conventional bread?
"Identifying Smart Food Choices on the Path to Healthier Diets"
The Center had developed a comprehensive nutrient profiling system encompassing 27 important nutrients to help consumers identify smarter food choices. This report explains the need for and applications of the TOC-NQI, the calculations and concepts embedded in the system, and an overview of results.
What fruit delivers the most nutrition per 100 calories?
Does a serving of watermelon deliver more nutritional value than BigMac with cheese, or a salmon steak?