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Folic Acid: Are You Getting Enough?

Author: 
Wheat Foods Council
01/09/2013

Folic acid, a B vitamin, is a big deal and this week is National Folic Acid Awareness Week.  Not only can folic acid and folate containing foods help prevent devastating birth defects but they may also help protect against heart disease, and colon, cervical and breast cancers.  Preliminary research also indicates a connection between adequate folic acid intake and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease as well as Parkinson’s disease.
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Scientists Link Obesity to Stomach Bacteria

Author: 
Pippa Stephens
12/20/2012

According to a new study, obesity in humans could be caused by a bacterial infection and not from eating too much, exercising too little or genetics. What’s more, a diet rich in whole grains may change the pH in one’s stomach, thereby limiting the obesity-causing bacteria’s activity.Read more

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Increases Flexibility For Planning Grain Servings for School Meals

12/18/2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced increased flexibility for School Food Authorities (SFA) to plan grain servings as a part of healthy breakfast and lunch menus for America’s school children. Read more

Daily Bread Consumption May Protect From Cardiovascular Disease

Author: 
University of Barcelona
12/06/2012

Consuming bread on a regular basis may do more than provide you with fiber and other essential nutrients—it may also help prevent cardiovascular disease.

A study led by University of Barcelona’s Professor Rafael Llorach Ramon Cajal linked daily bread consumption to a healthier lipid profile, resulting in better cardiovascular health.Read more

“Dressed” for the Holidays

Author: 
Jula Kinnaird
11/20/2012

 

 

Holiday meal preparations tend to focus on the main dish and desserts, but side dishes play an important supporting role. To make sure your holiday meal boasts an all-star cast, try your hand at some homemade dressing this year. It’s easy and will give your main dish some real pizzazz – whether you’re serving poultry, beef, pork or even vegetarian.Read more

No-knead, low-effort dinner rolls

Author: 
Alison Ladman, The Associated Press
11/20/2012

Looking for an easy, low-maintenance recipe to help dress up dinner? Look no further! These low-effort dinner rolls perfectly complement Thanksgiving dinner or any special holiday meal.

The dough does not require kneading, so even novice bakers should have no trouble making these tender, delicious rolls. Simply toss the ingredients into a bowl, mix, set aside, shape, bake and viola!—fluffy homemade bread with minimal effort. Pressed for time? The dough can be prepared, placed in the pan, and refrigerated up to a day ahead. Read more

Baking smell can make you more kind, study says

Author: 
Press Trust of India
11/08/2012

If the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season has you feeling like a Scrooge, consider whipping up some homemade bread, Christmas cookies, or a cake. The sweet smell of freshly baked goods does more than satisfy a sweet tooth—it can also put you in a better mood.

According to a study published by researchers at the University of Southern Brittany in France, shoppers standing in front of a bakery were more likely to help a stranger retrieve a dropped item than those shoppers who were standing in front of a clothing store.Read more

Whole grains and health: Where’s the evidence?

Author: 
Elaine Watson, Food navigator-usa.com
10/22/2012

Epidemiological studies reveal a clear association between increased wholegrain consumption and a reduced risk of colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease, elevated blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and weight gain.

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Gluten-free myth busting: There is no biomarker for gluten sensitivity, says researcher

Author: 
Elaine Watson, Food navigator-usa.com
10/22/2012

One of the liveliest sessions at last week’s Whole Grains on Every Plate conference in San Antonio was a myth-busting presentation from Pamela Cureton, clinical research dietitian at the Center for Celiac Research.

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