Grains aid in weight maintenance, according to an abstract presented in April 2016 at the American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology. Researchers compared diets that both included and excluded grains in adults and children from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Despite a higher reported caloric intake, those who consumed the most pasta, cereals, rice, and other grains weighed 7.2 pounds less and had a smaller waistline than those who did not consume grains. Rolls, tortillas, and other bread products contributed to daily intakes of fiber, folate, iron, zinc, and other nutrients, while salty snacks and crackers were associated with higher fruit intake and an overall better diet.
Papanikolaou Y, Fulgoni VL. Abstract presented at: American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2016; April 2-6, 2016: San Diego, CA.
Tip of the Day
Snack on whole grains! Whole grains can be healthy snacks. Make popcorn with little or no added salt or butter. Also, try 100% whole-wheat or rye crackers!