This food group includes bread, rice, pasta, noodles, grains (eg. oats, corn, maize, quinoa, cornmeal/polenta) and breakfast cereals.
Grain foods give us most of the carbohydrates we need for energy to see us through the day, help us concentrate at school and work, and power us when we play sports or do exercise. They contain:
The amount we need depends on our age. For example, adults should aim to eat at least 6 servings of grain foods per day, choosing wholegrain varieties, such as brown rice & pasta and wholegrain or wholemeal bread (Ministry of Health, 2020). For further information please refer to Appendix 3 of the Ministry of Health Eating and Activity Guidelines.
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This resource looks at the consumption of grain-based foods in New Zealand (in 2014), with emphasis on food categories and quantities. It also explores attitudes towards and awareness of grain foods and dietary recommendations; wholegrain and fibre recommendations; barriers to consumption, and influencers of food choices. Click to download Grains what do Kiwis think, and how do they enjoy them?
Ministry of Health. 2020. Eating and Activity Guidelines for New Zealand Adults: Updated 2020. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
Last reviewed: 21/06/2022
Last modified: June 21, 2022