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Whole grains uncovered

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Chris SealORCiD, Dr Angela Jones


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A number of population-based studies have demonstrated potential health benefits of consuming more wholegrain foods. Although the evidence is not yet supported by large-scale intervention studies, it is sufficiently strong to have spawned a number of health claims in the USA and in several European countries including the UK, and health professionals have promoted their health benefits. Despite the scientific, industrial and media interest, consumption of wholegrain foods remains very low, and public awareness is limited. With the exception of breakfast cereals and breads, penetration of wholegrain foods in the market place is low. Areas of confusion both within the scientific community and for the consumer include defining what is meant by the term 'whole grain' and interpreting the names used for processed grains used in the ingredient list on foods. These must be clearly established before trends in wholegrain consumption can be properly quantified and clear food-based guidelines can be developed. © 2006 British Nutrition Foundation.

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Author(s): Seal CJ, Jones AR, Whitney AD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nutrition Bulletin

Year: 2006

Volume: 31

Issue: 2

Pages: 129-137

ISSN (print): 1471-9827

ISSN (electronic): 1467-3010

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-3010.2006.00559.x


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