Food Update The latest food updates for November 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest The Whole Truth on Grains Nutrition experts advise that grains are a healthy necessity in every diet, and that it’s important to eat at least half our grains as “whole grains.” But what is a whole grain? Whole grains include barley, corn, oats, quinoa, rice, rye, sorghum, spelt, wheat—even popcorn!—when these foods are eaten in their whole form. Did you know that whole grains are a source of disease-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants? Moreover, they contain vitamins B and E plus magnesium, iron and fiber. The medical evidence is clear that whole grains reduce risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. People who eat whole grains regularly have a lower risk of obesity, as measured by their body mass index and waist-to-hip ratios. They also have lower cholesterol levels. Because of the phytochemicals and antioxidants, people who eat three daily servings of whole grains have reduced their risk of heart disease by 25 to 36%, stroke by 37%, type 2 diabetes by 21 to 27%, digestive system cancers by 21 to 43%, and hormone-related cancers by 10 to 40%.1 But how do you find whole grains? Look on the label and choose foods that name one of the following whole grains on the ingredient list: brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, millet, oatmeal, quinoa, rolled oats, whole-grain barley, whole-grain corn, whole oats, whole rye, whole-grain sorghum, whole-grain triticale, whole wheat, wild rice.2 1. Whole Grains Council. wholegrainscouncil.org. 2. United States Department of Agriculture. www.choosemyplate.gov Live Wisely—Go Raw Go Raw organic products are considered living foods because they are dried rather than cooked. This gentle dehydration process allows them to retain maximum nutrition and flavor plus enzymes that help the body to digest and assimilate food for optimal nutritional value. Using organic seeds to start the process, Go Raw then sprouts them to wake up all the nutrition locked inside. So snack wisely and choose Go Raw dairy-free, non-GMO, organic, vegan munchies. Office favs are Spicy Fiesta Sprouted Flax Snax and Sweet Spirulina Sprouted Bites. Visit www.goraw.com to see their complete product line and a store locator. Simple Ingredients—Simply Delicious Simply7® is committed to making all-natural products that provide a one-of-a kind snacking experience for the health-conscious consumer. Unusual and tasty flavors plus the promise of no artificial ingredients, cholesterol or trans fats give you confidence in their products. Try Simply7 Quinoa, Hummus and Lentil chips with up to 50% less fat than potato chips. Find them at Harris, Kroger, Safeway and Whole Foods, among other retailers, or buy at Amazon.com. Go to www.simply7snacks.com for more info. Enjoy Life® Enjoy Life® Foods brings you great tasting Free-From Foods—foods that are free-from gluten, other top allergens and GMOs. What they do contain are ancient grains, plant-based proteins, probiotics and Teff flours. Enjoy Life baking products are designed to make healthy eating easier; the mixes require adding only oil and water. We enjoyed the Brownie, Muffin and Pancake mixes. Also try the Pizza Crust Mix and All-Purpose flour. Find out about more Enjoy Life products and where to buy them at www.enjoylifefoods.com. Barbara’s Is Better A pioneer in the natural foods movement, Barbara’s® was founded in 1971 and continues making great tasting foods from simple, wholesome ingredients. We tried Barbara’s Better Oats & Honey Granola with oat clusters and puffs, almonds, ancient grains and seeds (certified whole grain, non-GMO, high in fiber and contains 20g of protein plus 200mg of ALA Omega-3s in every serving) and Puffins Pumpkin Cereal—crunchy morsels lightly sweetened with pumpkin and spiced just right (also whole grain, low fat, gluten-free and vegan). At Barbara’s they believe “Life is delicious—and worth taking a bite out of every day!” For more info about Barbara’s, their whole line of cereals and snacks, and where you can make your purchase, go to www.barbaras.com.