Finding Glycemic Index Friendly Whole Grain Products

The problem is, labels touting “made with whole grains” (or made with ANYTHING) don’t mean a whole lot and are not mandated by the Food and Drug Administration.  If you want to make sure what you are eating really is a good source of whole grains (which gives the product a lower glycemic index value due to the high fiber content), look for two things:

1) This seal, which was developed by the WHole Grains Council (

2) The ingredients list itself.  Is it the first thing listed or one of the first?  Are the grains listed as “whole” as in “whole oats”?

If you see one or both of these on the package it makes it a safe bet that you have found a GI friendly product!


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    […] I posted last week on how to recognize the difference between something ”made with whole grai…  Sneaky labeling can make something seem to be a good product when it really isn’t what you expect it to be.  However the FDA 2005 dietary guidelines did change some labeling laws regarding whole grain products.  Whole grains are an important part of any diet, especially the glycemic index diet.  The FDA now states: […]

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    You rock, Faith! Thanks so much for posting a great image of the Whole Grain Stamp, as well as explaining why it’s so important to understand what those “made with whole grains” packaging claims might – or might not –mean for whole grain content. The Stamp can now be found on over 2,000 products throughout the U.S., Canada, the UK, and even in the Dominican Republic, so there are plenty opportunities for your readers to find it on a product they know and trust.

    And thanks too for emphasizing how important it is to read the ingredient list on a product! No matter what you’re hoping to avoid or find, the ingredient list is the best place to start for info.

    Keep up the great work!
    – all of us at the Whole Grains Council

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