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8.6: Deep In Your Digestion

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    • To show students that eating whole grain bread is healthy, wholesome and beneficial over white bread

    Giveaway: Whole wheat peanut/almond butter and banana sandwiches and recipe cards.


    • Signage and handouts (e.g. recipe cards)
    • Whole grain bread
    • Peanut Butter/Almond Butter
    • Bananas
    • Napkins, plates and plastic knives
    • Feedback survey, pencils, and collection box


    • Display signage/poster to highlight the goal of your demo.
    • Have bowl of water and slices of whole grain bread and white bread on the table.
    • Have ingredients need for snack on table as well as plenty of napkins.


    • Demonstrate with water the lack of nutrients in white bread vs. whole grain bread. (Dip the bread into the water and lift it out. The white bread will fall apart while the whole grain bread will stay intact.)
    • Have students make a healthy snack with whole grain bread, peanut/almond butte rand bananas.* (Note: Can use sunflower butter and explain that can use a different nut butter at home.)
    • Ask participants to complete feedback survey.


    • Have you ever thought about the difference between whole grain bread and white bread? What do you think it is? Would you like to see what happens when we eat the two types of bread?
    • Whole grains offer more nutrients than refined grains and are good sources of protein, carbs, fiber, and iron.
    • Examples of whole grains include: wheat, oats, barley, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, rye, millet, and maize.

    Suggested Information:

    Whole grains have all of the parts of the original kernel-bran, germ, and endosperm-in the original proportions whereas, in refined grains, the bran and germ have been stripped away.

    A "whole grain" stamp from the Whole Wheat Council indicates there's at least half a serving of whole grain inside. But just because it's brown doesn't mean it's healthy, it may just be colored with molasses or brown sugar.

    Whole grains contain two types of fiber-soluble and insoluble-which are both beneficial to out health. By consuming 2 slices of dark rye bread, you get 5.8 grams of fiber. But, only 1.9 grams from 2 slices of white bread. Also, for 1/2 cup of uncooked brown rice, you get 5.5 g of fiber compared with 2 grams in uncooked white rice (not a whole grain), and only 0.7 in a serving of instant rice.

    Whole grains can help control weight and lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as help regulate blood sugar.

    Whole grains are healthy for you! Some grains help give you essential minerals and vitamins that your body need to function properly and keep you healthy.

    • Different types of whole grains
    • Photo of appetizing food made from whole grains
    • How to use whole grains in every day meals-recipes!
    • Information about how the body digests food
    • Reasons why whole grains are better for the body than refined grains are

    Resources: (June 24,2015). 18 Health Benefits of Whole Grains. Retrieved from

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