Posted November 13, 2014
Dr. Glenn Gaesser, professor and director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University, spoke at the National Association of Wheat Growers/U.S. Wheat Associates Fall Board Meeting on October 31, 2014.
three to five recommended daily servings of whole grains.
Why does this matter? Fiber is one answer.
Dietary fiber includes all the parts of a plant that your body cannot digest, meaning it passes relatively intact through your digestive system. This benefits your body by helping maintain digestive health, helping control blood sugar levels and even increased satiety (feeling fuller longer).
“The general statement that we need to consume more fiber is not specific enough.” Gaesser said. “It does not take much. Most Americans are at one or less servings a day. If we would increase that to just three servings, it would have a big effect.”
Whole wheat supplies 70 to 78 percent of these two substances in the American diet.
Overall, Gaesser concluded, “The cereal fiber from grain foods may be the most effective source of dietary fiber for improving health and reducing risk of chronic disease.”
Need inspiration on how to incorporate more whole wheat into your diet? Check out whole grains recipes from the National Festival of Breads.
By Julia Debes