Research shows consumption does not lead to negative health outcomes. The study “Perspective: Refined Grains and Health: Genuine Risk, or Guilt by Association?” concluded that current dietary recommendations by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and similar groups endorsing the reduction of refined grain consumption are misguided because their research only takes into account dietary patterns, not separate food groups, according to Arizona State University. After reviewing 11 meta-analyses of prospective cohort studies, which included a total of 32 publications with data from 24 distinct cohorts, they found that refined grain intake was not associated with all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease or obesity. Eliminating enriched grain products will result in nutrient shortfalls. Refined grain foods that have been enriched and/or fortified help to alleviate shortfalls including B-vitamins, folic acid, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and the mineral iron.
Lightbulb Moment: At what point will the grain industry finally stand up for itself instead of just chasing the haters for their business? Grains have clinical health research as of one of its strongest allies yet companies don’t capitalize on this, or work together to correct the wildly inaccurate negative image portrayed in media and popular diets. The issue is how to navigate this obstacle course, that’s where we come in.