“New recommendations for consumers to shift towards nutrient dense food choices provides a wonderful opportunity for grain-based foods with a wide variety of options for different products and taste preferences,” said Lee Sanders, ABA Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs. Whole grain intake is associated with decreased levels of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol all factors that increase the risk for heart disease and stroke.
Enriched grains are not only a good source of eight essential nutrients such as folic acid, B vitamins, iron and fiber, they can protect many chronic diseases. Since folic acid fortification of enriched grains in 1998, neural tube birth defects have dropped 25-35 percent. Further, folic acid is linked to decreased risk of coronary heart disease, hypertension, Alzheimer’s and some cancers.