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Research has proven whole grains are part of a healthy diet, but still many of us don't eat nearly enough. Whole wheat, white wheat, cracked wheat, multigrain - bread labels can be confusing. Experts say to get the most nutritious product read the ingredient list. Certified nutritionist, Elizabeth Redmond, said whole grains add fiber and healthy phytochemicals that can help fight disease. “If it's a wheat that they use the entire grain it will say whole grain,” she said. “Whole grains are associated with lower risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer and gastro intestinal health.” Redmond and others agree that most people don't eat enough whole grain foods, especially children. The American Dietetic Association reports that most adolescents get just one serving of whole grains a day, while some pre-schoolers don't get any. Between 3 and 6 servings are recommended daily. Redmond said many parents are accustomed to buying products with refined grains, but it's easy to make the switch. “Some of it just takes thought process. Okay, I'll have whole wheat bread instead of white bread, I’ll have brown rice, having oatmeal for breakfast,” said Redmond. Some whole grain products look just like the refined version, so read the label.

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