They were the Wonder years: mornings round the Formica table, eating buttered white toast; cracking open metal lunch pails stuffed with PB&J sandwiches on Wonder Bread white, of course.

Back in the day, whole grains had not entered the nutrition lexicon. Yet, choosing whole grains now certainly isn’t a new dietary phenomenon – think somewhat ancient civilizations in what’s been identified as Blue Zones: Central America, Japan and the Mediterranean among them, where whole grains are a staple as is healthy longevity.

Yet it wasn’t until 2007 that Health Canada recommended at least half your daily grain products consist of whole grains, whose kernels retain the bran, germ and endosperm, all of which contain valuable nutrients that play an important role in your diet (even Wonder Bread is fortifying and adding more whole wheat and grains to the mix).

But not all whole grains are created equal, so it’s important to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.

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