Most kids — and plenty of adults — won’t go near whole wheat bread, with its darker color and rougher texture. But are the new “white” whole wheat breads and pastas just as healthy? Yes, says Cynthia Harriman of the Whole Grains Council: “The main difference is the color gene.” Just make sure the first ingredient says whole, and avoid enriched and refined grains. Refined means about 17 nutrients were removed; enriched, that five measly nutrients replaced them. Aim for at least three whole-grain servings a day; bread, rice, pasta and ready-to-eat cereals all count.
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