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As the diet fads ebb and flow, one piece of nutritional wisdom is confirmed in study after study: whole grains are good for you. Eating grains in their natural form, rather than the highly processed carbohydrates we get in most of our modern diet, gives you a broader range of nutrients that can reduce your risk for a whole range of diseases and help you control your weight and blood pressure. And you don't have to sacrifice taste, as these two exclusive recipes featuring whole grains show: Barley with Tilapia, Zucchini, and Cauliflower, and Peach Oat Crisp Ramekins. We asked the authors of The Whole Grain Diet Miracle, Lisa Hark of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Darwin Deen of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both leading nutrition educators, some basic questions about their book, The Whole Grain Diet Miracle.

Questions for Lisa Hark and Darwin Deen Why isn't whole grain just another food fad?

Hark and Deen: Whole grains have been a part of the human diet since agriculture was invented ten thousand years ago. Hardly a fad. They are coming back into prominence now as we have started to recognize the harm that's done by consuming a diet based on refined carbohydrates. Aren't whole grains carbs? Don't carbs make you gain weight?

Hark and Deen: Yes and no. Eating and drinking too many calories makes you gain weight, not too many carbs. All carbs are not created equal, and those that are refined, processed, and contain lots of added sugar increase your hunger and the likelihood that you'll eat too much. Eating the right carbs, such as whole grains in their natural unprocessed form, satisfies your hunger and helps you control your appetite and your weight. I grew up on white rice and white bread--whole grains are a bit of an acquired taste. Any suggestions about what I can do to make whole grains more palatable (and more appealing to my kids)?

Hark and Deen: Try making 1/3 of a cup of brown rice and adding it to your white rice. To get the kids to eat whole wheat bread, make sandwiches with one slice of white and one slice of wheat (tell them you ran out of their bread and they had to share yours). As they get used to the taste, they will come to prefer it. We feel that whole grains are so important for kids, we devote an entire section in the book to "Getting Your Kids to Try Whole Grains." What are your personal favorite whole grain foods?

Hark and Deen: We like oatmeal, but the more new ways we try grains, the more things we find we like. Bulgur salads are delicious, whole wheat English muffins are so much better than the ones made from refined flour, and spelt or barley in soups adds a great nutty taste and texture. There are so many studies out on whole grains right now. Can you tell me the main benefits of eating whole grains?

Hark and Deen: The major benefits are that you get the vitamins and minerals you need in the form that nature intended (not in a pill in amounts that some biochemist has estimated to be correct). In addition, the fiber helps you feel full and regulates your bowel habits. As we document in the book, whole grains reduce your risk of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. How's that for benefits?

About the Author

Dr. Lisa Hark is a doctor with over 20 years experience in nutrition counseling, an author, and the Director of the Nutrition Education and Prevention Program at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine. She's the host of TLC's new show "Honey, We're Killing the Kids," set to air in January 2006.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DK (April 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756620589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756620585
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,700,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Whole Grain Diet Miracle is a good introduction to whole grains. If you want to control your weight, reduce the risk of serious illness and lower your blood pressure, then this book gives you the basics for a healthy lifestyle. The grains discussed include: Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Kamut, Millet, Oats, Quinoa, Rice, Rye, Sorghum, Spelt, Teff, Triticale, Wheat and Farro.

Throughout the book the authors explain how to buy, store and cook each grain. They also explain why you get more vitamins from whole grains. For the first third of the book the authors also spend time convincing you of needed lifestyle changes. Unlike other books I've read on this subject, they still allow you to use sugar in your recipes.

It is good to know that if you are eating oats and two pieces of whole wheat bread you are on your way to a healthier lifestyle. However, this book also has fifty unique recipes to choose from. There are also weight loss menus for six weeks.

Some of the recipes include:

Amaranth Chicken Salad with Tarragon and Almonds
Barley and Mushroom Soup with Zucchini
Hearty Millet and Butternut Squash Soup
Cornmeal-Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers
Barley with Leeks and Fennel

While this book has detailed information and recipes, you can also use the list of whole grains to select healthier choices at the grocery store. You may want to look for puffed cereals and soups in the healthy foods section or health food store. Some grains take a long time to cook and therefore may be easier to eat when they have already been prepared. I've found these grains to be quite easy to find in the grocery store and especially at the health food store.

~The Rebecca Review
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Anderson on September 23, 2010
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I have always eaten whole grains and followed a whole grain/low sugar diet. I bought this book thinking it may have some new recipes and ideas. There were a couple of things I found that I wasn't aware of, but all in all it was just a review for me. This being said, it is a great book for anyone who wants to start out on a healthier diet of whole grains, and it does work! You have to love the less refined taste of whole grains to stay on it long term, but even if you just added more whole grains to the diet you are used to now it is an improvement from a all "white diet." (processed foods)
In my opinion, this book provides a lot of information and is a great aid in beginning a whole grain diet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley R. Mills on March 31, 2013
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It's not a magic bullet for fat, but it is an interesting read. "Food for thought" sounds like a pun, but none was intended.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Talmage on January 15, 2007
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This book really gives you great examples of whole grains, and how not to avoid them
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