Whole grains are trending. The National Restaurant Association declared them one of the top 20 food trends of 2017, multiple surveys report that consumers are seeking them out, and thousands of grocery items have been reformulated to include more in the past year. That’s a good thing because there is a tall stack of research supporting the health benefits of eating whole grains, which include preventing the risk of stroke, diabetes and heart disease and helping with weight management.
Even so, they don’t make it to the table enough. Although we are eating more whole grains than we did 10 years ago, most Americans still get less than a single serving of them a day (while, incidentally, eating double the allotted amount of refined grains).