Balance of refined and whole grain consumption has narrowed only slightly since 2005 Federal recommendations

Bar chart showing ounce equivalents per 1,000 calories of total grains, refined grains, and whole grains consumed in the United States from 1994 to 2018

Whole-grain intakes in 2017-2018 remained far below that of refined grains despite 2005 Federal recommendations that half of grains consumed be whole grains. Beginning 2013–14, children’s diets were significantly more whole-grain dense than before, following 2012 requirement that USDA school meals include whole grains.

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