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Nutritionists recommend whole grains as part of a nutritious diet.
Unlike refined grains, where only the endosperm is present, wholegrain contains every edible part of the grain. So wholegrains contain more nutrients and beneficial ingredients. Wholegrains can be unprocessed, cracked, flaked or ground, but they must still contain every part of the edible grain in the same ratio as found in nature.
Bran (outer layer of the grain) – for fibre, B vitamins (to help release energy from food), phytonutrients (to help with free radical balance) and protein (for cell growth and repair).
Endosperm (middle layer of the grain) – for protein and carbohydrates.
Germ (inner core of the grain) – for B vitamins, vitamin E (an antioxidant vitamin), phytonutrients, a small amount of polyunsaturated fat, iron, magnesium, copper and zinc.
Wholegrains provide many nutrients including dietary fibre, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, lignans and phytonutrients. It is thought that the combination of these nutrients accounts for the health benefits seen in people who consume more wholegrains in their daily diet.
With so many benefits, there’s very good reason to start including more wholegrains in your diet. It has also been shown that the benefits of eating wholegrains are greater than consuming their components individually. In other words, ‘the whole is greater than the sum of the parts’.
Go Grains Health & Nutrition Ltd, the leading independent nutrition advisor in Australia for grain foods in human health, advises that we should aim to reach 48g of wholegrains every day. And with some simple changes, such as switching to a wholegrain breakfast cereal or snack, it’s easy to work towards your daily dose of wholegrain.
For starters, every UNCLE TOBYS cereal or Muesli Bar provides at least 8g wholegrain per serving.
All UNCLE TOBYS cereals and Muesli Bars contain wholegrain guaranteed, so it couldn’t be easier to up your daily wholegrain intake.
As a simple guide, any grain that is described as whole is a wholegrain, e.g. wholewheat. There are also a number of other grains in the wholegrain category.
Check the list against a product’s ingredient list. If the wholegrain is one of the main ingredients in a product it will be mentioned towards the beginning of the ingredients list.
Know your wholegrains:
All UNCLE TOBYS Cereals and UNCLE TOBYS Muesli bars contain wholegrain. These foods provide at least 8g of wholegrain per serve, however, many provide much more than this. Grains Health & Nutrition Council is a leading source of information on grains and recommends eating 48g of wholegrain a day.
The UNCLE TOBYS name and logo has significant historical significance, it was designed by Nellie Love, the niece of Clifford Love – the founder of UNCLE TOBYS, who was a keen artist and a student of literature. She suggested the name and designed the logo based on the great literacy character in the “Life of Times of Tristram Shandy” by Laurence Sterne, first published in 1759. In the book Uncle Toby is a gentle, uncomplicated lover of his fellow man. The original design of Uncle Toby standing with the Widow Wadman has seen little changes over the years, so has become a treasured representation of the UNCLE TOBYS heritage.