My pediatrician recommended I serve my children whole-grain foods. What kinds of grain should I look for on food labels?
Know which grains are whole grain, and look for them on the ingredient list. The list includes buckwheat, brown rice, bulgur, whole-kernel corn (hominy), millet, popcorn, quinoa, sorghum, triticale, whole oats and oatmeal, wheat berries, whole barley (not pearl barley), whole rye and whole wheat. Then check to see if any of these ingredients are listed as the first ingredients.
You might also find a voluntary whole-grain label listing how much of the product is whole grain. The canned whole-kernel corn or canned hominy you enjoy as a vegetable side dish is really a whole grain—another good reason to stock up on canned foods to enjoy with meals!