Whole Grains Prevent Chronic Lifestyle Diseases in More Ways Than One

March 13, 2017

Whole grains have more health benefits to offer other than those from consuming fiber. These plant foods are also unique and rich sources of phytochemicals, bioactive compounds exclusively produced by plants that lower the risk of chronic disease. Whole grains contain dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, and phytochemicals, but only the former two components have […]

Lentil Trail Mix

June 30, 2016

Lentil Trail Mix: Serving ¼ cup, yields 14 servings. Each serving has about 9 grams of fiber. Ingredients:  1½ cups of split peas or lentils (any combination of yellow split peas, green split peas, red lentils or brown lentils) ½ cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds ½ cup roasted unsalted chopped almonds 1 cup dried […]

Synergistic Effects of Fiber and Phytochemicals in Wheat Bran on Colon Cancer

April 07, 2015

Synergistic Effects of Fiber and Phytochemicals in Wheat Bran on Colon Cancer, Apr 2015, The FASEB Journal, Jennifer McBride1, Yingdong Zhu1, Pei Wang1 and Shengmin Sang1 1Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Kannapolis NC United States Abstract Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. Epidemiological […]


The Power of Blueberries featured in Today’s Dietician

October 13, 2014

See the article as posted on the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute website.  Originally published in the October 2014 issue of Today’s Dietitian. (Read the full article on the Today’s Dietitian website.) See the article as Dr. Mary Ann Lila, director of the Plants for Human Health Institute, was featured in the October […]

Global Importance of Whole Grains

June 13, 2013

What Are Whole Grains?     Whole grains are eaten with the entire grain seed in tact, which includes the bran, endosperm and germ or embryo. Examples of whole grains include amaranth, barley, buckwheat, brown and wild rice, bulgur, corn, oats, quinoa, millet, rye, sorghum and wheat. Learn more at WholeGrains   Nutrition and Disease Prevention Rich in fiber, protein, iron, vitamins, minerals and anthocyanins, […]