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Wheat foods are a valuable part of our daily diets

Wheat provides a source of dietary fiber and much needed carbohydrates. The next time you are in the bread isle or the bakery think of the 1000’s of wheat producers in Oregon and throughout the US who have worked hard to bring us our daily grains.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Service’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans stress the need for 6 to 11 servings of grain products (breads, cereals, rice and pasta) each day.

Consume 3 or more ounce equivalents of whole grain products per day, with the rest of the recommended grains coming from enriched or whole-grain products. In general, at least half of your daily grains should come from whole grains. Enriched and/or fortified grains help alleviate shortfalls including B-vitamins, folic acid, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and the mineral iron.

Gluten & You

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, & their grain relatives.Gluten gives elasticity to dough helping it to rise, and is what makes bread chewy.

93% of the population can include gluten-containing foods such as wheat in their diet!

Healthy people on gluten-free diets often lose weight on a gluten-free diet not because they exclude gluten, but because they make healthier food choices, such as:

» Reducing high-calorie, high-fat foods.

» Eating more fruits and vegetables.

» Reading food labels more carefully and becoming more aware of what they are eating and drinking!

Grains of Truth

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