Switching to whole grain foods when you are used to eating white bread, pasta, etc… can be difficult. If you aren’t used to eating whole grains you may not like the taste at first. Try mixing grains as a first step. If whole grains, like brown rice and whole wheat pasta, don’t sound good at first, start by mixing what you normally use with the whole grains. You can gradually increase the whole grain to 100%. Try eating whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, or barley. Experiment with different grains to find your favorites. Also, make sure you’re really getting whole grains. Some bread labels call it “whole wheat” but it really is just colored to look like whole wheat. Also, be aware that the words stone-ground, multi-grain, 100% wheat, or bran, can be deceptive. Look for the words “whole grain” or “100% whole wheat” at the beginning of the ingredient list. In the US, check for the Whole Grain Stamps that distinguish between partial whole grain and 100% whole grain.
Diet Tip #13: Eat Whole Grains