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Whole Grain Foods, Refined Grain Foods – Kids Will Eat Either Without A Problem

June 23, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A new U.S. study finds that, despite parents’ beliefs, kids will eat whole grain foods if they are offered. For the General Mills-funded study, 83 middle school students ate either whole- or refined-grain foods for six weeks in 2010. Foods given to the kids included pasta, rice, bread and other foods to eat at home. They were given whole- and refined-grain snack foods to eat at school. Though the kids liked the whole grain snacks served at school the best, they were generally indifferent to whether the other foods they ate were made from whole grains or refined grains. Starting this fall, federal dietary guidelines require schools to offer only whole-grain rich products.
Allyson Radford et al., "Whole-Grain Intake in Middle School Students Achieves Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate Recommendations when Provided as Commercially Available Foods: A Randomized Trial. ", Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, June 23, 2014, © Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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