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Nutrition and Health Facts


If you are looking for “grains of truth” about the nutritional value of wheat foods, look no further.  The Wheat Foods Council has developed a variety of information sheets regarding nutrition and health facts.  Explore the categories below or visit the Wheat Foods Council directly at www.wheatfoods.org.  The Home Baking Association provides educational resources, recipes, activities and lesson plans for anyone interested in baking.  More information can be found at www.homebaking.org.
 

Wheat Facts

Six Classes of Wheat
There are 6 classes of wheat grown in the U.S.  Each classes of wheat has unique quality characteristics and is used for specific food products. 

Kernel of Wheat
A kernel of wheat consists of three parts which can be used together or separately to make wheat foods.

Wheat Improvement Myths and Facts
Wheat breeding today isn't much different that it was 50 years ago. This document addresses some of the claims against modern wheat breeding and the nutrition of modern wheat.

White Wheat

Ancient Grains and Pseudo Grains
Reviews the different types of ancient grains gaining popularity in the food system and grains that actually aren't grains!

Nutrition Facts

Fiber
Fiber is one of the most essential “nutrients” for a healthy diet. It may not supply vitamins, minerals or calories, but its effects on digestion, overall well being and the internal microorganisms within the colon are profound.

Folic Acid
Folic acid is a B vitamin that is used to fortify foods and has been shown to protect against neural tube defects such as spina bifida and an­encephaly.

Whole Grains and Enriched Grains
Provides definitions and health benefits of whole and enriched grains.

Grain Snacks

Grain foods make great snacks because they fill you up and help curb hunger. Plus, they don’t come with a lot of added fat. Instead, they’re packed with complex carbohydrates that provide our bodies with energy.



 

Gluten

Gluten in the Diet
Explains what gluten, celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity is and addresses popular claims about gluten.

Gluten: The bottom line on going gluten-free
Explains gluten, why some people can't eat it, but most people can and should.
 

Useful Baking Tips

Baking Food Safety 101

Baking Ingredients

Baking Terms
Not sure what blanch, fold, or rest time mean in your favorite wheat recipe?  This helpful resource has you covered.

Flour 101
From all purpose to whole wheat flour, discover the different types of flour and their uses.

Measurement Guide and Ingredient Substitutions

Types of Flour and Other Wheat Products

Wheat Flour
History, nutrition, storage tips, and flour types.

 

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