There have been many studies on the nutritional benefits of whole grain foods, but there has been less data on enriched products like white bread, bagels and hamburger buns.
Three producers organizations, including the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SaskWheat), are funding the study to be led by Hassan Vatanparast of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and School of Public Health.
Canada’s Food Guide is being revised and Health Canada is proposing consumers eat fewer foods made with enriched non-whole grains.
SaskWheat Chair Laura Reiter says it’s important that Canadian consumers and policy makers have the best research information available.
“Evidence from other countries has shown that foods made from both whole grain and enriched non-whole grains provide nutritional and health benefits to those who included these foods in their diets.”
The results of the project will be available from the mid-2018 into 2020.