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Mar 14 2013

Foods Identified As ‘Whole Grain’ Not Always Healthy

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By HoneyColony Staff

According to a 2013 study out of the Harvard School of Public Health, the current standards that dictate how we classify “whole grain” are often inconsistent at best, and downright misleading at worst.

Central to the study was examination of the Whole Grain Stamp, which is one of the most widely used industry standards. Researchers discovered many products with the stamp, rather than being healthier, “were higher in both sugars and calories than products without the Stamp.”

“Given the significant prevalence of refined grains, starches, and sugars in modern diets, identifying a unified criterion to identify higher quality carbohydrates is a key priority in public health,” said Rebecca Mozaffarian, one of the study’s lead authors.

You can read the full details of the study on Harvard’s website here.

 

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