A good source of whole grains or an excellent one?

I posted last week on how to recognize the difference between something “made with whole grains” and something that truly is a good source of whole grains.   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:

The dietary requirement for fiber was increased significantly based on scientific evidence of its health benefits. The requirement was set at 14 grams of fiber per 1000 calories. So the average person with a 2000-calorie intake needs 28 grams of fiber per day

So how do you tell if the product you are buying really is good for you.?

In order for a food product to be considered a whole grain product, and to use a health claim on its label it must contain 51 percent or more whole grain ingredients by weight. This means, of course, that whole grain should be the first ingredient in the ingredient list.


In order for a manufacturer to make a nutrient content claim on a food product of a “good” source of dietary fiber, it must contain 10 to 19 percent of the recommended daily intake or Daily Reference Value (DRV) of fiber per serving. If you want to label your product as an “excellent” source of dietary fiber it must contain 20 percent or more of the recommended daily intake per serving.

Fiber content decreases the glycemic index of foods so this is an important label to watch for.


Source: FDA Whole Gains and Health Speech May 20, 2005.


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