An article about whole grains published recently by the Harvard School of Public Health offers a helpful, easy guideline for choosing healthy whole grain products. The simple indicator:
For every 10 grams of carbohydrate, there should be at least 1 gram of fiber. For example, a product that contains 23 grams of carbohydrate per serving should have at least 2.3 grams of fiber. Easy! Just simple grade school math. The 10:1 ratio is based on the ratio of carbohydrate to fiber of whole, unprocessed wheat. Researchers found that products that met the 10:1 ratio usually had less sugar, sodium and trans fats than the ones that didn’t.
I shared this information with Peter, and this morning I noticed this package in a prominent spot on the counter. I knew this was his way of saying, “Look at what I found, Miss Smarty Pants!” Yes, he is smart. The carbohydrate:fiber ratio is 40:6, better than 10:1, and there is no added sugar. There are nuts and raisins in it too – sounds delicious! Bravo for Peter.
I checked the cracker aisle a few days ago and found that Triscuits are now available in many new varieties. My favorites, which meet the 10:1 goal, are the two below. They have a very short ingredient list of all natural food items. They taste good too!