Boosting Whole-Grain Utilization in the Consumer Market: A Case Study of the Oldways Whole Grains Council's Stamped Product Database

Nutrients. 2022 Feb 8;14(3):713. doi: 10.3390/nu14030713.


Whole grains are a vital part of a healthy diet, yet there are insufficient data on the whole-grain content of commercial food products. The purpose of this research is to examine the long-term change in (1) measured whole grains in food products, (2) Whole Grain Stamp usage and (3) the prominence of whole-grain ingredients and product categories, across the United States and Latin America. These changes were quantified by analyzing the Oldways Whole Grains Council's (WGC) Stamped Product Database from 2007 to 2020. Mean whole grains increased 36-76%, from 19 grams to 25.8 grams per serving in the U.S. and 18.1 grams to 31.9 grams per serving in Latin America. Whole Grain Stamp usage worldwide has increased from 250 products in 2005 to more than 13,000 products in 2020. These findings suggest that manufacturers are increasing the percentage of the grain that is whole in their products and developing more whole-grain products for consumers, thus providing an opportunity for consumers to meet national-level whole-grain recommendations.

Keywords: Latin America; food labeling; international; whole-grain content; whole-grain trends.

MeSH terms

  • Diet, Healthy
  • Edible Grain*
  • United States
  • Whole Grains*