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Grain foods vindicated! No surprise to millers

January 12, 2005

CONTACT: TerriTodd, Director of Communications
202.484.2200, ext.108
ttodd@namamillers.org

Washington, DC – January 12, 2005 – Yes, you can eat grain foods and stay a healthy weight. More importantly, grain foods should be the foundation of your diet. And the U.S. government continues to back us up. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services announced the 2005 Dietary Guidelines today. After months of research, scientific discussions, public comments and testimony, the end result reaffirmed what grain millers have known for more than 100 years. Grain foods are good for you. The guidelines again place grain foods at the center of a healthy diet. The debate is over. It comes as no surprise to millers, grain foods are vindicated!

Why are grains so important to a healthy diet? How did grain foods get to be at the center of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines? They contain B-vitamins, soluble and insoluble fiber, folate, zinc, protein, iron, and magnesium. Do you want energy? Eat grain foods. Do you want to keep that weight off? Eat grain foods. Whole grain foods may also help prevent certain cancers, and heart disease. Oatmeal can help reduce cholesterol levels. Enriched grain foods help prevent birth defects. That’s how grain foods maintained their prominent position in the guidelines.

Bread is delicious. Filled with healthy nutrients. Go out and buy a loaf today. Next month is Bake for Family Fun month. Bake a loaf with your family. Dust off your bread maker. Grains are vindicated! Bread is back! Make grain foods the foundation of your diet. Contact the Home Baking Association for recipes and family baking activities. Contact the Wheat Foods Council for information on nutrition and more recipes. There’s nothing like the aroma of fresh bread baking in the oven. We know it. You know it. You can eat bread and other grain foods guilt-free because now you know how good they are for you. Enjoy!

NAMA has 48 member companies operating 170 wheat, corn, oat and rye mills in 38 states, 150 cities and Canada.

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