Nutrition Spotlight

Enjoy Whole Grains for a Burst of Flavor (and Nutrition!) at Meals and Snacks

February 7, 2017
There are two types of grains in our diet: whole grains and refined grains. A whole grain contains the entire grain kernel and contains a much richer flavor and nutrition. Refined grains have outer layers of the grain removed during processing. Many of us eat plenty of grains (think pasta, bread, cereal, crackers, and tortillas) but are low in intake of whole grains. A great goal is to consume at least half of your grains from whole grain sources, and it can be easy to do! Whole Grain Needs:
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Not all Carbohydrates are Created Equal

November 8, 2018
This blog post contributed by University of Illinois dietetic intern, Ru Liu Have you heard others say, “I can’t eat that because it has carbs in it”? It is a common, yet untrue belief that carbohydrates are bad for us. Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet! Why do our bodies need carbohydrates?
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Eat More Fiber and Boost Your Health!

April 3, 2018
This blog post written by University of Illinois dietetic intern, Kirsten Berding Harold. Did you know that less than 3% of Americans get enough fiber in their diets? It is recommended that women eat 25 grams of fiber per day and men 38 grams. On average, Americans only eat about 50% of the amount of recommended fiber per day. Eating enough fiber each day has benefits for your overall health. How can you eat that much fiber?
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