Grains Get the Green Light
Health, Taste, Energy. And they won't make you fat!
last It's OK eat more of something" says Trish
Griffiths, Accredited Practising Dietitian and spokesperson
for the GO GRAINS nutrition program, in the findings of a
review commissioned by GO GRAINS about the role of the
carbohydrates in weight control.
The review, "Setting the Record Straight The Role of
Carbohydrates in Weight Control", dispels the misconception
that eating too many carbohydrates, found in foods such as
bread, will make you fat.
Statistics show that two out of every three Australian
men and one in every two women are overweight or obese, and
the numbers are rising. There is clearly a cause for concern
about the health of Australians. Diet does make a
significant impact on our health and people need to know
what foods can be eaten without the fear of gaining weight"
Carbohydrates are found in all foods made from grains
(including bread, pasta, noodles, breakfast cereals) and
pulses, (including baked beans, chickpeas, lentils, kidney
beans). We know from recent research that many people,
especially women, are still afraid to eat these extremely
healthy foods for fear of gaining weight," Griffiths said.
On the contrary, this review establishes considerable
scientific evidence to suggest that a diet high in
carbohydrates and low in fat should be the foundation of
weight loss and weight maintenance efforts."
Furthermore, we know a diet rich in carbohydrates from
grains, especially whole grains, pulses, fruits and
vegetables is associate with a lower risk of problems such
as heart disease, cancer, diabetes. These really are wonder
foods and with continual advancements in culinary options,
you can buy many of them in convenient ready to use form"
said Griffiths, who is also Nutrition Services Manager with
BRI Australia Ltd in Sydney.
World Expert on Obesity
Go Grains commissioned Ian Caterson, Boden Professor of
Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney and a world
expert on obesity, to undertake a review of the scientific
literature in order to provide a position on the current
level of understanding of the effect of carbohydrates on our
We really need to let people know that carbohydrates are
an essential part of a healthy diet but that they will not
make you fat" Professor Caterson said.
Trish Griffiths added, grain based eating is good news
for those of us who are tired of being told what not to eat.
Never before have grains and pulses been so readily
available and in such variety." The range includes breads,
breakfast cereals, pasta, rice, noodles, couscous,
chickpeas, baked beans and lentils, to name just a few!
Professor Caterson has had a long interest in the
metabolic effects and treatment of obesity. He currently
chairs the National Obesity Prevention Group for the
Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged care, is a member
of the International Obesity Taskforce, and is Regional
Advisor to the World Health Organisation (WHO) on obesity.
Obesity is a growing problem that can be overcome with
regular exercise and knowledge of the right foods to eat"
says Professor Ian Caterson.
GO GRAINS, is a nutrition awareness program established
for the Australian grains industry by BRI Australia Ltd and
supported by Australia's graingrowers through the Grains
Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).