Newswise — As the days get longer and we inch closer to bathing-suit season, health often takes a back burner to fad diets. Lona Sandon, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, says it’s important to keep whole grains in your diet. “Research shows that whole grains are good for your heart, lower risk of diabetes and stroke, and may help prevent certain cancers,” she says. “They also help in managing weight.” Ms. Sandon says whole grains are chock full of good-for-you nutrients including fiber, folate and niacin, vital B vitamins, and magnesium. “The phytochemicals found in whole grains have been shown to have health promoting and disease prevention benefits,” she adds.
Ms. Sandon recommends that adults aim for three servings, or 48 grams, of whole grains a day. Be sure to look for the words “Made with whole grain” and “100 percent whole grain” on packages.
Other going-with-the-grain tips include:• Swap whole wheat breadstuffs for white rolls and breads;• Use whole wheat bread crumbs for stuffing;• Add wild rice or brown rice to dishes, and;• Serve whole wheat crackers with hors d’oeuvres