Health Watch - Nutrition Month: Whole Grains

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This week on Health Watch, we’re offering some nutrition tips in recognition of National Nutrition Month. When you’re planning a diet, don’t forget to include whole grains.

Lona Sandon, a clinical nutritionist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says whole grains offer a lot of benefits. They’re good for your heart, lower your risk for diabetes and stroke, can help prevent some cancers and help in managing weight. Fiber isn’t the only important nutrient in whole grains. They also contain folate, niacin, B vitamins and magnesium, in addition to phytochemicals that have health promotion benefits. Aim for about three servings of whole grains a day. Look for products that say “100 percent whole grain” on the package. Eat whole-grain breads instead of white bread, use whole-grain bread for bread crumbs in cooking and serve whole-grain crackers for snacks or appetizers. 

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.

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March 2009


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