Don't give up grains, they're Tip Top

01 Dec, 2014 01:00 AM
Grains can get quite bad coverage, especially when you see certain diets gaining favour

A CAMPAIGN being run by Tip Top and supported by the Grains and Legume Nutrition Council (GLNC) into exposing common dietary myths surrounding grain consumption is gathering steam, according to GLNC managing director Georgie Aley.

“Grains can get quite bad coverage, especially when you see certain diets gaining favour, such as the paleo diets or low carb diets,” Ms Aley said.

“What this campaign is about is just getting the message about grains out there.”

Ms Aley said in spite of the media attention on new diets, the average Australian was still eating grains and legumes on a regular basis.

“Within this campaign, we’re trying to get consumers to eat better options of these foods and promote grains and legumes as part of a balanced diet.”

She said the campaign pointed out the health benefits of grains, such as their high fibre content and good protein levels.

“We’re recommending people look for breads that are wholegrain or higher fibre so they get the maximum health benefits.”

Ms Aley said data showed consumption of key grain products such as bread and pasta had predictably dropped in recent years.

However, drilling deeper into the figures, she said there was some positive news for grains.

“We are seeing a trend towards healthy breakfast cereals and people are eating more flatbreads and wraps.

“These are being eaten as a lighter ‘carb’ option, potentially as a substitute for bread.”

Ms Aley also said rice, as a gluten free option, had also enjoyed growth in consumption.

She said GLNC was not concerned trends such as the ‘paleo’ diet would greatly impact on grain eating patterns on a macro level.

“The issue is very popular in terms of media coverage, but our figures suggest the actual amount of people on this type of diet is quite few.”

In terms of increasing grain consumption, she said the GLNC was working towards getting Australians to eat the recommended daily amount of whole grains.

“Putting it into the context of overall population, 75 per cent of Australians aren’t meeting their whole grain requirements,” she said.

Gregor Heard

Gregor Heard

is the national grains writer for Fairfax Agricultural Media
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1/12/2014 6:59:04 AM

Is the contrast between the article and the illustration of the lily-white plastic bread intentional - or the editorial staff don't get it either?
John Newton
1/12/2014 8:28:42 AM

Agree with morrgo. That ain't bread. Maybe if the people who make imitation breads – TipTop, Helga's and all the rest – made real bread, proved and not stuffed with chemicals and loads of gluten to get them to rise faster, then firstly not so many people would be gluten intolerant and secondly more people would go back to eating bread.
Don Wiss
1/12/2014 9:26:09 AM

"the campaign pointed out the health benefits of grains, such as their high fibre content". Except even whole grains are weak on fibre! Fruits and vegetables are also high in fibre. Looking at a Mayo clinic chart: beans, lentils, peas, artichokes, and raspberries are all higher than any whole-wheat food. And most people don't eat whole wheat pasta. So regular wheat foods are real lightweights when it comes to fibre. -living/nutrition-and-healthy-eat ing/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art -20050948
Don Wiss
1/12/2014 9:27:10 AM

" and good protein levels." I don't get this. You can easily get more protein than you need from animal foods. And it is more bio-available. You don't need to eat grains to get protein.
Don Wiss
1/12/2014 9:31:04 AM

A reason to avoid whole grains, and beans, is they are high in phytic acid, an anti-nutrient in the bran layer that interferes with mineral absorption of foods consumed at the same meal. (It binds to minerals, e.g. calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc, to create phytates, which can't be absorbed.) Seeds have to have anti-nutrients to discourage animals from eating their means of reproduction. On the other hand, fruit seeds are supposed to be eaten, but not digested. They have a outer layer that allows them to pass through the digestive system and remain viable.
Philip Downie
1/12/2014 11:27:41 AM

A whole wheat grain will go right through as well, most uncrushed seeds do.
1/12/2014 12:17:07 PM

The real reason for “gluten intolerance”? http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomis -its-not-gluten/ Hi Folks: Here’s a very good reason to buy organic bread. Many wheat, barley, mungbean and sorghum crops in Australia and North America are being sprayed with glyphosate PRE-HARVEST. They call it “spraying out” or technically, dessication. I think it should be "Monsanto is the One "
2/12/2014 8:59:51 AM

Good article. I believe meal replacement shakes are the best way to lose weight. I always check out the reviews on before I purchase any meal replacement shakes.
Philip Downie
2/12/2014 10:10:14 AM

I would find it very hard to believe farmers in Aust would use Roundup to spray out winter crops. Our climate does the work why spend more money on something not required?
27/03/2015 7:20:47 AM

Well said John Newton and morrgo, If there was i like button i would've clicked it.


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