Food for Thought: Multigrain vs. whole grain

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Tip of the Week: What does multigrain really mean?

Registered dietician and author Susan Burke March offers a tip on translating food labels:

From breads to crackers to hot and cold cereals, “multigrain” does not mean whole grain — it just means the product contains an undefined amount of different types of grains.

What you really want to look for is “100 percent whole grain,” so you’re assured that you’re getting all of the good nutrition from that grain’s kernel.

Be a savvy consumer and look at the ingredients first if you’re interested in buying products without artificial colorings, flavors, excessive sugar and salt. Be sure the first ingredient is “100 percent whole,” either wheat or other grain, and remember, a teaspoon of sugar equals 4 grams.

Easy recipe: No-bake cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup cocoa powder

1 cup milk

2 cups oatmeal

1 cup white sugar

2 sticks butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the cocoa powder, milk and sugar. Stir until the mix has a nice, even consistency.

Pour the oatmeal into the saucepan and stir until the oatmeal is evenly distributed throughout.

Let the mixture cool for five to ten minutes, then spoon the mixture into balls on a cookie sheet.

Let stand on counter for at least 20 minutes to stiffen, or you may refrigerate for quicker stiffening of the cookies.

-- Wikibooks

Did You Know?

A recent study found individuals who screen positive for possible depression consume more chocolate than those not screening positive. -- JAMA

Critic’s Cupboard: T. Marzetti 100-calorie Veggie Dips

I love the idea of portion control. I hate the idea of overpackaging.

On one hand, I’m a big fan of Marzetti dips. And these mini plastic tubs are so convenient to tuck into a lunch bag.

Then I V-8-ed myself in the forehead and said, “It was just Earth Day, for crying out loud. Surely you see the waste of plastic and paper!”

Light bulb. Buy a tub of low-fat dip and divvy it up in a reusable container.

-- Jennifer Mastroianni, The Repository

Food Quiz

If you are baking rye bread, what seed is used for the customary and traditional flavoring?

A. Sesame

B. Caraway

C. Poppy

D. Cardamom

(www.funtrivia.com)

Answer is at bottom of column

Wise to the Word: Seitan

Seitan (SAY-tahn) is a food made from wheat gluten. When wheat flour dough is washed until all the starch dissolves, the insoluble gluten becomes elastic and can be cooked before eating.

Commonly used in Japan and China, seitan is often used in vegetarian meals as a replacement for meat.

Number to Know: 1.5

Grams of fat in 2 tablespoons of Cool Whip regular whipped topping. -- Kraft

The Dish On …

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Full of ingenious advice on styling in any media and packed with full-color photographs, “Food Styling” reveals every trick of the trade, from making a beverage appear to sweat to producing those perfect grill marks on meat without a grill.

Filled with resources and organized in a simple problem-and-solution format, this is an ideal resource for experienced foods styling pros and first-timers alike.

-- Amazon.com

From the Beer Nut’s Blog: A couple great beer labels

The New England Brewing Company has two new beer labels that may be my all-time favorites.

The first is Ghandi-Bot, which is available in stores, and the other is 668, The Neighbor of the Beast, which will be available soon.

Obviously, the labels don’t mean they’re good beers. But the Ghandi-Bot is a fantastic double IPA -– a beer for hopheads. If the 668, a Belgian-style golden ale, matches the quality of the Ghandi-Bot, we’ll be in for a treat.

What are your favorite beer labels?

To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/

Food Quiz Answer

B. Caraway

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