Childhood obesity risk can be reduce by up to 41% by eating more whole grains, vegetables and nuts.
A study of children and adolescents found a greater intake of whole grains, vegetables and nuts reduced the risk of excess weight by 41%, 40% and 33%, respectively. Higher fat dairy products increased the risk of overweight and obesity by 36%. Nuts do have higher calories from fat but increases satiety and may decrease food intake in future meals.
PositiveTip: Plant foods when consumed with minimal processing have higher nutrient levels and lower calorie-density thus limiting the risk of weight gain for adolescents--and probably adults, too!
Do you go with the grain--whole grains, that is? You probably need to eat more!
If you are like most Americans, you are not getting enough daily grains in your diet. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 6 servings of grains per day. Only 4% of Americans say they are eating that level according to a new poll published by the Grain Foods Foundation. This poll found the average daily grain consumption was 3.2 servings, barely half the recommended 6 servings per day. The federal guidelines recommend "make half your grains whole"--yet only 11% of total grain consumption is whole grains.