Using Grain Products For Health Eating

Posted on August 30, 2012

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Food Group # 2 in a healthy eating pattern

‘Grain Products’ is one of four groups.

Grain products are excellent sources of fibre and are low in fat.

Grain products provide important nutrients such as: iron, zinc, magnesium, thiamin, ribiflavin,niacin, folate, carbohydrates, protein and fibre.

In a healthy eating pattern. it is the second most important food group. It is second only to ‘Vegetables and Fruit’, this means we need more of this food group than we do of meat and milk products

In using a rainbow to illustrate healthy eating, Canada Food Guide places ‘Grain Products’ as the second largest, arch of the rainbow.

Grain products include all grains, cereals and products made with grain flour.
Examples are:
-Bread
-Cereals
-Pasta
-Rice
-Couscous
-Quinoa
-Bagel
-Pita
-Tortilla.

Grain products can be whole grain or refined grain.

Whole grain has more nutritional value than refined grain, It is recommended that 1/2 our servings per day be whole grain.

Examples of a serving of grain products are 1 slice of bread, 1/2 cup rice or pasta or 1/2 bagel.

Our daily requirements of grain products are based on age, gender and level of physical activity.

A male for instance requires 8 servings per day.

Click Here to work out your individual requirements of grain products for your age and gender.

Nursing and pregnant women have special requirements, not covered here.

For weight management and to lose weight whole grain is a friend, it is recommended over refined gain.

 

Tips For Making The Best Use of Grain products
-Make whole grain 1/2 of your daily requirements
-Choose grain products with the lowest, fat and sugar
-Leave cakes ,cookies, doughnuts, muffins and pies for special occasions.
-Limit sandwiches made with croissant
-Use whole wheat pasta instead of refined
-whole wheat pizza crust

Click Here to join our health program, and develop a healthy eating pattern.

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