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Health benefits and recommendations for daily whole grain intake

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Cereals are staple foods in the diet of many populations and they are essential sources of carbohydrate energy, protein, dietary fiber and numerous phytochemicals and micronutrients. Retaining all of these components in the form of whole grain and whole-grain foods improves the quality of the diet and there is strong evidence, especially from observational studies, that consumption of whole grain results in health benefits. Increasing whole grain consumption is therefore a target for health organisations with recommendations for intake proposed in many countries. However, intake remains universally low except in some Northern European countries and so new strategies and partnerships between industry and health agencies are needed to promote whole grain consumption. Consolidating definitions for whole grain and whole-grain foods is an important initial step to better inform consumers and encourage the development of new whole-grain foods by industry.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Seal CJ, Thielecke F

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cereal Foods World

Year: 2018

Volume: 63

Issue: 3

Pages: 103-106

Print publication date: 05/06/2018

Online publication date: 05/06/2018

Acceptance date: 23/04/2018

ISSN (electronic): 0146-6283


DOI: 10.1094/CFW-63-3-0103