Whole Grain First Ingredient Cereals Prize Pack Giveaway (Ends 3/12)
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Whole Grain First Ingredient Cereals Prize Pack Giveaway (Ends 3/12)

The Dietary Guidelines recommend choosing products with a whole grain listed as the first ingredient, but it's not always easy to identify whole grain products. Shoppers usually need to read the ingredient list to know if they are getting enough whole grain. To make things easier for health conscious consumers, General Mills has included the white check as shown above on their packaging to suggest cereals with more whole grain than any other single ingredient. You will see “whole grain” as a part of the first ingredient on the ingredient list, indicating that whole grain is the first and most prevalent ingredient.

In addition, General Mills has introduced “Fast Lane for Whole Grain,” an online educational game that allows players to navigate virtual grocery store aisles and identify products that have whole grain as the first ingredient. You're also given the option to enter a weekly sweepstakes to win all 50 cereals with the white check!

Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of “The Doctors,” has some great advice on how to include whole grain easily into your diet:
  • Start Early! The Dietary Guidelines recommend people get at least 48 grams of whole grain in their daily diets. Get a jump-start on the day’s nutrition by incorporating whole grain into your morning routine. For instance, when choosing cereal make sure whole grain is listed as the first ingredient. One easy choice is cereal with the white check, which have more whole grain than any other single ingredient.
  • Make Simple Swaps. Choose whole grain versions of the foods you love. Great options include whole wheat pasta and whole wheat bread or even whole grain crackers. Also, try different types of whole grain. Use brown rice instead of white rice as a side dish at dinner or popcorn, which is a whole grain, for a snack.
  • Don’t Judge a Food by Its Cover. The front of food packages provide good nutritional cues, but don’t forget to read the ingredients and check the nutrition label and side labels for additional health information. Cereals with the white check even include the amount of whole grain per serving on packaging.
I received five boxes of General Mills cereal with the white check for review. We love all of them for their great taste and nutritional value. Lucky Charms and Honey Nut Cheerios are my son's favorites while my hubby likes Total best.

The Giveaway
MyBlogSpark and General Mills have generously offered to give one of my lucky readers a Whole Grain First Ingredient Cereals Prize Pack! It's the same as the one I received, including a total of five boxes in varieties as pictured above. Yum!

Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

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