“Contains Whole Grains”

Translation: The food contains at least 8 g of whole grain per serving. If it carries the 100% Whole Grain Stamp, it means that all the grain ingredients are whole grains and the food contains at least 16 g of whole grains per serving.

Unfortunately, a Harvard School of Public Health study found that many foods with the Whole Grains Stamp are higher in total calories and sugar than those without the stamp. When choosing your grains, look for words like “100% whole grain wheat” or “whole wheat”, which signal whole grain. If it contains enriched or bleached ingredients, don’t buy it. Also, any whole grain product worth your money should contain at least 3g or more of fiber per serving.

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