Health gap in Aussie diets
are not eating enough grain foods to meet their health
needs, even though most think they do, says new research.
48% of people still believe that
carbohydrates are fattening and the majority of Australians
are eating less than the recommended amount of grain foods
such as bread, pasta, cereals and pulses considered
necessary for a healthy diet, according to a recent survey
conducted for the Go Grains campaign.
Go Grains, the Australian
grain industry's first national nutrition campaign, will
officially be launched along with the results of the
national survey at BRI Australia Ltd. (formerly the Bread
Research Institute) on Tuesday, March 9, 1999.
The National Health and Medical
Research Council recommends that we eat at least 7 serves of
grain foods, such as bread, pasta and cereal, per day said
Andrew Inglis, Chairman of the Grains Research Development
Corporation (GRDC). The survey showed our diets are not
achieving this target.
Diets high in grain based foods,
along with fruits and vegetables, are known to be associated
with lower risks of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and
some cancers, he said.
Grains such as wheat, corn , oats and
grain foods like pasta, breads and breakfast cereals are a
primary source of carbohydrates and energy. A diet high in
carbohydrates is less likely to lead to obesity and other
Go Grains is a nutrition
communication program, initiated by the grains industry and
food processors, aimed at promoting the nutrition and health
benefits of grains and pulses.
The campaign will communicate the
health benefits of grains and pulses like peas, beans and
lentils to health professionals, key opinion leasers and the
community. It promises to be fun and over the next year,
Go Grains will involve a variety of concepts that
deliver the latest grains nutrition research results to all
Australians, said Mr Inglis.
Go Grains is supported by
graingrowers through the GRDC, which invests about $90
million a year in grains research.
The Go Grains community survey was
commissioned by BRI Australia Ltd. and major food
processors, and was supported by Australia's graingrowers
through the GRDC. It was conducted by Yann Campbell Hoare
A new cookbook, 'Passion for
Pulses - a feast of beans, peas and lentils from around the
world', is part of the Go Grains campaign. The
cookbook, which has more than 150 luscious, healthy and low
cost meal ideas, is designed to familiarise Australians with
pulses and encourage people to include them in their diet.
It will also be featured at BRI Australia Ltd. on Tuesday,
March 9, 1999, said Mr Inglis.
Source: Go Grains