At Yakult, understanding nutrition and its role in supporting the human gut microbiome is important to us. Plant-based foods, including whole grains, play a key role in human nutrition, food sustainability and the wider food system. This Tuesday 16th November is International Whole Grain Day; a day to celebrate the nutritional and environmental value of whole grains. 

Whole grains are recommended as part of a balanced diet and the addition of whole grains is a simple way to increase dietary fibre to support gut health1. Whole grains also provide iron, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins, as well as microbe-accessible polyphenols to promote microbial diversity in the gastrointestinal tract. Understanding what a serving of whole grain food looks like will help with recommendations of whole grain foods for patients and clients. For example, 1 medium slice of bread, ½ cup cooked brown rice or ½ cup cooked 100% whole grain pasta would count as a serving of whole grains2. Other examples of wholegrains include quinoa, teff, wild rice, corn, and barley.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that nutritionists are concerned not just about a healthy diet but also about sustainable food production. A rising challenge for agriculture/food producers is to produce food sustainably while also ensuring food security for a growing population. There is evidence to show that whole grain foods can save water, provide more food and less waste, and support better land use and healthy soil3

The Whole Grain Initiative are hosting their 3rd Annual Whole Grain Day on 16th November 2021. 

Key opinion leaders are supporting International Whole Grain Day on Tuesday 16th November 2021 in a webinar discussing how the consumption of whole grains daily can be part of a healthy and sustainable diet. The panel will discuss fascinating topics such as evolving public health policy on wholegrain initiatives and the role of whole grains in COVID -19 and chronic disease.


Register for the webinar here https://www.wholegraininitiative.org/wholegrainday

Learn more about dietary fibre with our Guide to...Fibre resource



1. Dietary Fibre in Europe https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/B263D1D7B3440DC9D6F68E23C2B4212F/S095442241700004Xa.pdf/dietary-fibre-in-europe-current-state-of-knowledge-on-definitions-sources-recommendations-intakes-and-relationships-to-health.pdf

2. What Counts as a Serving?   


3. Wholegrain Initiative, Wholegrain Day https://www.wholegraininitiative.org/wholegrainday Sourced: October 2021


Posted 09/11/2021

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