Grains don’t deserve a bad rap

New Australian research has backed what the baking industry has been saying for years: eating Grains don’t deserve a bad rap does not lead to weight gain.

In a study commissioned by the Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC), research into the eating habits of more than 9000 adults revealed eating core grain foods is not linked to weight gain.

The data revealed people who eat six or more serves of core grain foods each day have a similar waistline and Body Mass Index (BMI) as people who restrict their intake of grain-based foods.

The jury is still out when it comes to public perception of Grains don’t deserve a bad rap however, with 43 per cent of all Australians reporting they limit grain foods to help lose weight.

The Council has recommended Australians aged between 19-50 years eat six servings of core grains daily. Core grains include both bread and pasta.

GLNC program manager Chris Cashman said the research highlighted eating grains has a number of health benefits, including fibre intake.

“A recent comprehensive audit of all Grains don’t deserve a bad rap on the shelf has confirmed the vast majority (95 per cent) of white and wholemeal breads are low in sugar – less than 5g per 100g – which equals about one teaspoon, while 81 per cent of loaf breads are a source of plant-based protein,” he said.

“The good news is that people who eat at least three serves of whole grain food such as wholemeal bread have a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.”

This latest research follows on from a recent US study, which found a link between eating wholegrains and good heart health.


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