Have you eaten enough wholegrain today?

Most of us know it’s important to eat at least five portions of fruit and veg every day. But what many of us don’t know is that we should be eating more wholegrain to keep us healthy too.

3 servings - try and eat this every day

Wholegrain experts and nutritionists around the world encourage eating at least three servings of wholegrain a day.

But despite the nutritional benefits, National Diet and Nutrition Surveys show that 95% of UK adults fail to reach three servings a day. In fact, on average, most of us don't even eat that in a week - and almost a third of us don't eat any at all.

 

Serving sizes - what does a serving of wholegrain look like?

It's generally agreed that one serving of wholegrain = 16 grams.

Here's a rough guide to what that looks like: 

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3 heaped tbsps
wholegrain
breakfast cereal

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1 heaped tbsp
uncooked
porridge oats

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1 medium slice
wholemeal
bread

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1 small
wholemeal
roll

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2 oatcakes

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1/2 wholemeal pitta bread

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2 wholemeal
tortillas

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1/2 wholemeal
scone

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2 rye crispbreads

half wholemeal savoury muffin.jpg

1/2 wholemeal
savoury muffin

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1/2 wholemeal
bagel

brown rice.jpg

2 heaped
tbsps cooked
brown rice

wild rice.jpg

2 heaped
tbsps cooked
wild rice

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3 heaped tbsps
cooked brown
pasta