Whole grain and fibre

Starches are complex carbohydrates, found in staple foods like bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, couscous. In a balanced diet, starchy foods are our main source of energy, and it is recommended that about a third of our diets are made up of these types of foods.

Starchy foods, but also fruits and vegetables, also provide fibres, which are important for digestive health. It is recommended that we consume at least 25 g of fibre a day, from beans and pulses, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

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For health professionals

Why consumers should choose whole grain first: the potential of a EU Whole Grain Partnership

09 July 2018

Christina Sadler, Senior Manager for Nutrition and Health at EUFIC, joined the discussion on why a EU Whole Grain Partnership could improve health and well-being in Europe.

Make the switch to whole grain!​

06 April 2018

Many national dishes are traditionally made with refined grains. Break cultural barriers by switching your favourite recipes to whole grain! Look for the whole grain version in the shops, or why not try making your own? Whole grains can add taste, texture and nutritional value to meals, plus your friends and family will be impressed by your creativity!

Should we cut the carbs and opt for fats? 

06 October 2017

Recent media headlines claim that low-fat diets could increase your risk of early death by almost one quarter.  However, the coverage is based on a study that mainly looked at people in lower- and middle- income countries outside Europe, so it may not be relevant for the general European population.

Whole grains

09 July 2015

Advances in the milling and processing of grains allowed large-scale separation and removal of the bran and germ, resulting in refined flour that consists mainly of the starchy endosperm. However, the bran and germ contain important nutrients that are lost when the grain is refined. 

Whole grain (Q&A)

16 June 2014

Eating whole grains as part of a healthy diet may help to reduce the risk of many common diseases. Find easy tips on how to identify whole grain products and increase your everyday consumption.

The Functions of Carbohydrates in the Body

31 July 2012

Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients in our diet (fat and protein being the others). They exist in many forms and are mainly found in starchy foods such as bread, pasta, and rice, as well as in some beverages, e.g. fruit juices and sugar-sweetened drinks. 

Dietary fibre: What’s its role in a healthy diet?

03 June 2005

Although dietary fibre is not a ‘nutrient’, it is nevertheless an important component of our diets. The fact that it passes through the body without being absorbed is the main reason why fibre is so important.