Is brown bread whole grain? What’s color got to do with it?

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Whole grains consist of the entire grain seed, usually called the kernel.

The kernel has three components: bran, germ, and endosperm. All grains are whole grains when they are first harvested and if they keep these three in the final food product, they qualify as a whole grain.

Is brown bread necessarily whole grain? No, look for “whole grain” or “whole” before the grain ingredient. “Whole grain” should also be the first ingredient listed. If “wheat flour” or “enriched flour” is first it’s not whole grain. So what?

Whole grains provide dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants not found in other foods. A healthy diet of carbohydrates that include whole grains can help you maintain blood glucose control and help with weight loss. And don’t forget other healthy carb foods: fruits, low-fat or dairy-free products.

Also, low-carb vegetables such as greens, spinach, and broccoli, have a minimal effect on blood glucose levels. But vegetables higher in carbohydrates such as corn, sweet and white potatoes, lima and dry beans can have a greater effect on raising blood glucose levels.

Individuals with diabetes should eat a healthy diet and not cut out vegetables higher in carbohydrates, or any one food  -- but monitor the amount of carbs they eat from these and other sources.

Upcoming Extension

• Beginning genealogy class. Tomorrow night, Thursday, Feb. 10 local genealogist, Jim Graves will teach a special program on beginning genealogy from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Extension office.

Jim is very knowledgeable on how to research your family heritage. He will show you how to begin to create your family group chart, how to read and understand the documents to research your family history plus working with a wealth of other resources available. There is a $5 fee for this class payable at the door.

•Crazy for coupons. Have you seen news articles where someone buys $100 worth of groceries for only 25 cents? Did you know that you can find great food buys at your local drug store?

Learn how to use meal planning, store sales and coupons cooperatively to save a lot of money when grocery shopping.  Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension office for this session on couponing. This is the Extension Homemakers February lesson, but the public is invited to attend.

If you use the information learned in this workshop you could save at least 50 percent on your next grocery shopping trip. Participants will receive a mini-coupon organizer.

• Cream Candy Class. We had a class planned before the holidays but had to cancel it. I have worked with Myrna Holloway to reschedule it for Thursday, Feb. 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Extension office. If you register and have a marble slab, we ask you to bring it with you – cold, of course. Fee for this class is $10.

Pre-registration is necessary with fee –checks payable to Carroll County Extension Homemakers and sent to Carroll County Extension office.


Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.