Whole Grain Recommendations

Benefits of Whole Grains

One of the key recommendations of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is to consume at least half of our grains as whole grains. On average, most Americans eat less than 1-ounce equivalent of whole grains per day.1 While they eat plenty of grains, most of them are refined grains, which can also be high in solid fat and added sugars.

Read the ingredient statement on products and choose those with a whole grain, like 100% whole wheat flour as the first ingredient. Make a list of the grains you eat most days, like crackers, rice, pasta, and substitute with whole wheat crackers, whole grain bread, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta. By simply substituting a full serving of whole grain for a refined grain at each meal, you can reach the recommended 3-ounce equivalents of whole grain each day!

In addition to the ingredient statement, many products also note the amount of whole grains per serving on the front of the package. Whole grains are often a good or excellent source of fiber, so read the nutrition facts panel and choose products that provide 3 or more grams of fiber per serving.

In addition to products that are 100% whole grain, many other products are made with whole grains. Made with whole grain products may contain both refined and whole grain flours.

Campbell and Pepperidge Farm offer a variety of products that can help you meet your whole grain goals. From Pepperidge Farm® whole grain breads and crackers to Campbell's® Homestyle Healthy Request® Whole Grain Pasta Fagioli soup, we offer great-tasting, convenient solutions that fit your lifestyle. Make the whole grain switch today!

To learn more about how you can get more whole grains into your diet, visit Choose MyPlate.


1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture.  2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition. December 2015. Available at http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/


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