Excuse Me. What Does The Recommended 48 Grams of Whole Grains Mean?


According to the new USDA dietary guidelines for Americans that was released at the end of 2010, only 5% of Americans are actually eating the recommended  48 grams of whole grains per day. In addition, according the the Whole Grains Council, 40% of people eat NO whole grains at all during the day! 

Perhaps the reason why people are not eating 48 grams of whole grains is they don’t know how this translates into REAL FOOD!

The new dietary whole grain recommendation is a minimum amount of whole grains that was recommended by the Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Health and Human Services, yet few of us are actually eating this bare essential amount.

Do you know if YOU are eating 48 grams of whole grains a day? Are your kids?

Do you know how many whole grains you should eat a day? What does 48 grams of whole grains MEAN to you?

A Great Database To Understand Whole Grains

As a healthy eating and baking blog writer, and as a mom who is passionate about living healthy and eating healthy, I have NO idea how many grams of whole grains my family eats a day. I had to do quite a bit of research to find out.

Isn’t it strange that our government gives us very important life saving recommendations of how to eat, what we should eat, and how much we should eat, yet we need a financial calculator and lots of free time to translate what they are talking about. Do you know what 48 grams of whole grains looks like?

The great news is that there is a wonderful database that the government offers called FOOD A PEDIA.

Don’t fear for a quick and easy translation of 48 grams of whole grains is coming to the rescue.
After reading this post, you will see in plain English how HOW EASY and HOW FUN it is to eat the recommended 48 grams of whole grains a day. Once you do a few look ups, you will get the general idea of what you need to do.

  • If you are not interested in looking at this site, as a simple rule of thumb, just eat whole grains with every meal and you should be fine.

5 Ways To Eat 48 Grams of Whole Grains A Day By Baking From Scratch

  1. Eat 2  home made whole grain banana pancakes and 1/2 whole wheat sandwich. 48 grams
  2. Eat 1/2 cup of home made granola cereal and a home made pumpkin oatmeal cookie. 48 grams
  3. Eat  Whole grain Biscotti cookie and a Mango Banana Muffin Made with Whole Grains 48 grams
  4. Eat a home made bran muffin 48 grams
  5. Eat two home made Double Chocolate Whole Grain Muffins 48 grams

NOTE: If you buy any of the above from the store, chances are higher than 95% that they won’t have ANY whole grains in them.

Isn’t amazing how little you need to eat to achieve the recommended amount of whole grains when you bake from scratch! Remember this is a the most basic level of whole grains that should be eaten, yet most of us are not eating it. If you eat more whole grains, all the better!

Hope this helps you start eating whole grains.

Cheers to being happy, healthy and feeling great.

Sources: www.myfoodapedia.gov

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