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Not All Carbs Are Created Equal

Choose whole grains to boost your health -- and help you lose weight

Weight loss and longevity continued...

A study from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that people who ate nine servings a week of whole grains weighed 5-8 pounds less that those who ate less than two whole-grain servings per week.

In an ongoing study out of the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health, researchers found that women who ate at least one serving a day of whole grain -- usually bread or cereal for breakfast -- were healthier and lived longer.

Not All Carbs Are Created Equal

To get more whole grain into your diet; you need to become a label reader. It's easy to be fooled by a product's color, and the only way to be sure you're getting a whole grain instead of brown food coloring is to check the label.

For example, if you're looking for a whole-wheat product, the first ingredient listed on the label should be whole wheat. Then, check the amount of fiber on the nutrition fact panel. Choose breads with at least 3 grams of fiber per slice, and cereals with 5 grams or more per serving.

Bran cereals are usually the highest in fiber, but there are several others that also contribute significant amounts of fiber to the diet.

Other whole-grain carbohydrates include brown and wild rice, barley, bulgur or cracked wheat, whole-wheat pasta, buckwheat, whole kernel corn, and popcorn.

Putting it all together

The health care team at the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic program encourages all our users to include as much whole-grain food into their eating plans as possible. Whole grains do wonders to keep you satisfied while contributing healthy phytochemicals into your diet.

Try some new whole grain recipes today or send our recipe doctor, Elaine Magee, RD, your favorite recipes to make over with more whole grains. Soon, you will discover how delicious and satisfying it is to get your grains the whole-grain way.

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Reviewed on April 15, 2003

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