The rise and rise of whole grain: Whole Grain stamp now on 7,600+ products in 35 countries

Elaine Watson, Food

The Whole Grain stamp now features on more than 7,600 products in 35 countries, while the number of new products featuring whole grain claims rose from 164 in 2000 to 3,378 in 2011, according to data unveiled at the Whole Grains on Every Plate conference yesterday.Read more

Carbohydrates Help Runners Get Race Ready

Jason Ashley Wright, Tulsa World Scene Writer

Autumn is widely regarded as runners’ favorite season. Colorful fall foliage, pleasant temperatures, and a wide assortment of races inspire many people to lace up their sneakers and hit the pavement.

If you’re among those preparing for an upcoming race, start your run on the right foot with healthful nutrition choices—including lots of wheat products.Read more

World Pasta Day – Hooray!


Here at the Wheat Foods Council, we celebrate the merits of pasta on a regular basis. But today is the day to really get your pasta on. It’s October 25—World Pasta Day!

World Pasta Day seeks to promote the nutritional value, convenience, and affordability of pasta. Conceptualized in 1995 at the World Pasta Congress in Rome, the event is celebrated across the globe in the form of special events and promotional initiatives.Read more

October Pasta Month Puts Spotlight on North Dakota Durum and Pasta Industries


The pasta many of us enjoy on a regular basis was likely born on a farm in North Dakota. Pasta is traditionally made from durum wheat, of which North Dakota is the largest producer, and that durum finds its way to consumers’ plates around the country and around the world. North Dakota produces about 50 million bushels of durum each year which equates to 60 percent of the national total and enough durum to make nearly 17 billion servings of spaghetti.Read more

National Festival of Breads to Land in the "Little Apple"


America’s only amateur bread baking contest will make its home in Manhattan, KS, on June 22, 2013. The National Festival of Breads, sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Fleischmann's Yeast and the Kansas Wheat Commission, celebrates the relationship between farmer and consumer and highlights the art of baking bread at home.Read more

White Bread is Not the Enemy

Elena Ferretti, Fox News

There’s nothing wrong with eating white bread, says bread-baking guru Ken Forkish author of the new book, “Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza.” Forkish, a white bread fan, is out to set the record straight.Read more

Reading Nutrition Labels May Help You Manage Your Weight


Take the time to read nutrition labels and you may be rewarded with a smaller waistline, says a recent study. Shoppers—women, in particular—who read food labels are almost nine pounds thinner than their non-label-reading counterparts.

Conducted by a group of scientists from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the study uncovered major discrepancies between people who read nutrition labels and those who do not.Read more

The Glamorization of Gluten-Free

Janet Helm

Writer, registered dietitian and mother of twins Janet Helm posts on her website Nutrition Unplugged her thoughts on “The Glamorization of Gluten-Free.” Pondering why going gluten-free is the new diet craze, she discusses whether going gluten-free will help people lose weight. “The answer is, it depends,” she writes. “There’s nothing inherent about a gluten-free diet that’s going to melt away the pounds.Read more

Diets High in Carbohydrates Linked to Lower BMI

Christina M Shay, Linda Van Horn, Jeremiah Stamler, Alan R Dyer, Ian J Brown, Queenie Chan, Katsuyuki Miura, Liancheng Zhao, Nagako Okuda, Martha L Daviglus, and Paul Elliott for the INTERMAP Research Group

A diet high in healthy, nutritious carbohydrates can result in a lower body mass index (BMI), according to a study appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study found that diets rich in fresh fruit, pasta, and rice and lower in meat were associated with lower BMI. These diets also resulted in more favorable micronutrient intakes and lower caloric intakes.  Increased consumption of carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and magnesium were also associated with lower BMI in both sexes.Read more

The September issue of Kernels is here


We are pleased to present the latest issue of Kernels, our e-magazine. In this issue we focus on the health benefits of grains and we tackle the current myths and misinformation about wheat and carbohydrates. Also, we’ll tempt your taste buds with two delicious, hearty soups. Finally, Wheat Growers Corner adds to your baking expertise with our primer on the different kinds of flour and their uses.Read more

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