(April, 2011) Americans are underestimating their intake of whole grains, according to a new survey. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans calls for everyone over the age of 9 to consume at least 48 grams (three servings) of whole grains per day. The new survey shows that 61 percent of Americans believe they reach that standard. In actuality, only about 5 percent eat enough whole grains.
The survey, conducted by General Mills, reveals that many people are confused about whole grains. A whole grain includes all three parts of the grain—bran, germ, and endosperm. Together, these three parts provide fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Processing the grain reduces its health benefits significantly.
Terms such as “enriched flour,” “100 percent wheat,” and “multigrain” do not necessarily indicate that a product contains whole grains.