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WHERE TO FIND WHOLE GRAINS

Where do you get the whole grains we recommend that you eat? Some can be found in most supermarkets: brown rice, wild rice, barley, whole kasha (buckwheat). Larger supermarkets with a health food section or gourmet section may carry others, such as quinoa and amaranth.

You will probably need to search beyond your supermarket for the less common whole grains such as wheat berries, kamut, spelt, rye, millet, oat groats or triticale. Try your local health food stores, food co-ops and health-conscious food stores such as Fresh Fields or Whole Foods.

The "whole" whole grains are best -- you cook and eat the whole seeds that have not been ground, flaked, cut, shredded or puffed. Second best are products made from whole grains instead of refined grains. When you buy cereal, pasta, bread or any other food made from grains, look for brands that list a whole grain as the first ingredient and that have at least 3 grams of fiber per serving (more is better.) Many large supermarkets now carry whole wheat pasta and a variety of other whole grain products.
See report #N236 for full cooking instructions and the Healthful Recipes section for lots of easy, delicious recipes using WHOLE grains.

Checked 5/3/07

May 12th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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