Home Stay Informed The Good Whole Grains & Starches


Studies show that eating whole grains instead of processed grains lowers the risk of:

Stroke (30-36% reduced risk)

Type 2 diabetes (21-30% reduced risk)

Heart disease (25-28% reduced risk)

Whole grains have also been shown to lower the risk of obesity, asthma, carotid artery damage, inflammatory disease, colorectal cancer, elevated blood pressure, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Choosing healthy grains and starches

Instead of:


white rice

brown rice or wild rice

white bread or bread made with whole grains

100% whole grain bread

white potatoes

sweet potatoes & winter squash

enriched white flour

whole wheat flour

processed grain cereals

whole grain cereals

processed grain crackers

whole grain crackers

processed grain chips

whole grain chips

whole_grains_councilMaking better choices is easy when you look for The Whole Grains Council stamp displayed to the right!

Rationale for grouping whole grains with starchy vegetables

Unlike the United States Food & Drug Administration, the American Diabetes Association groups foods based on their carbohydrate and protein content instead of their classification as a food. Portion sizes also differ slightly to ensure similar carbohydrate contents per serving. Buffaloberries™ has chosen to follow this rationale for grouping whole grains with starches.

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