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The trick to recognizing a good whole grain: Use carb-to-fiber ratio of 10-to-1

January 14, 2013
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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March 12, 2013

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March 9, 2013

Hi, Thanks for the great information about healthful whole-grain food. I really enjoy with this blog.

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March 6, 2013

It is very difficult ratio for the math. It is confusing.

Sabbir Ahmed
March 5, 2013

Thanks intended for sharing with us about these good stuff by which we can easily appraise good quality meal.

Olumide Oluwasegun
March 4, 2013

With knowing about the carb to fibre ratio, I can easily measure how much food taken is actually needed by my body.

Stan Lawson
February 19, 2013

Thank you for this specific information. I knew that whole grains were best, but I didn’t know about the carb to fiber ratio.

Stan Lawson

Patio Heater
February 18, 2013

Thanks for telling us about these good things by which we can judge quality food.

February 18, 2013

Unique approach. I get the 10 to 1 ratio; however, sifting through bread loafs seems a bit of a challenge. Do you have any brands or recommendations that meet this criteria? Being a nursing student I would love to pass on your recommendation. Thx.

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February 15, 2013

I am diabetic so watch everything I eat but it seems every time i turn around there is something that is suddenly whole grain. So much time reading labels in the store! At least this one is simple at 10:1

Thanks Ted

February 8, 2013

Thank you for this great health resource!

February 8, 2013

Nice blogs!! Got valuable information. Thank You.

February 2, 2013

It’s a neat trick but the froot loops nutrition label has 26g carbohydrates and 3g dietary fiber. So by your rule I should buy it?

February 1, 2013

I need to reread this because first time through it seemed like the emphasis was on fiber without having any reference to the product retaining essentials like the germ in wheat. I may be totally confused but I though “whole” had more to do with keeping all nutritious elements of the grain not just how much fiber there remain. But I will read more carefully.

January 29, 2013

This method is not very difficult i will try to this.

January 25, 2013

I already read the article above, and I got usefull information about that. I want to try to it

January 23, 2013

Thanks you for the great info. about whole grain it is a little confusing though.

Scott Priestley
January 17, 2013

As someone trying to eat healthier, but not wanting to completely eliminate grains from my diet, I really enjoyed this article. Especially from a trusted source. I’ve blogged about food that was amazing and tasty for 6 years, but now I’m feeling the results of that and am really trying to lighten it up! I’ve also been adding a ton of clean nutrients and protein with the yummiest protein shake I’ve ever tried.

Best to all fighting our own Battle of the Bulge!

sara lewis
January 17, 2013

It is very important that you should know that what you are eating how many calories , protein , carbs and iron is included in your one meal and how much you actually need? this will help you to stay healthy and happy.
January 16, 2013

very useful post thank you

Jason Jehosephat
January 16, 2013

Poorly worded title. It will generally be taken to mean that we want to find a ratio at least that high, when we really want a ratio that ISN’T that high. “Look for a 1-to-10 Fiber-to-Carb Ratio” would have been clearer.

January 15, 2013

Thank you, very useful and easy method!

Roberta Farr
January 14, 2013

Daniel, how is that confusing? Use the calculator on your cell phone to divide the total grams of carbs by the total grams of fiber. Or move the decimal point in the carbs one place to the left and compare. If the amount of fiber is greater, buy the product. Easy Peazy.

Daniel Reeders
January 14, 2013

The method given is confusing as hell.

January 16, 2013

How easy could it be. That’s simple and straightforward. I really do appreciate this findings.
That’s grade school math. Or there is no math neede at all. Just a move of your eyeball to add a dot one number before. People are getting too lazy to even use their braincell.

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