How to improve heart health to reduce chances of heart disease and stroke by consuming whole grains

Heart disease and stroke are one of the leading causes of death among men and women and women are more disproportionately affected. Heart health in women is a serious topic regardless of their age.

Third more women die of stroke when compared to men, 53% of those living with the effects of a stroke are women, and women are 60% less likely to regain their independence after a stroke. Due to the adverse effects of heart disease and stroke on women, it is important to be conscious of heart health at any age.

Eating for heart health includes the consumption…

Eating whole grains can improve your health and does not have to break the bank! Check out our eating grains on a budget: tips and tricks.

Whole grains can be tasty, nutritious, AND affordable. Just like many foods, some grains come in and out of fashion. Whole grains such as faro, quinoa, and freekeh are currently considered trendy and can have a high price tag.

Staple whole grains such as whole wheat, oats and brown rice are just as tasty and nutritious but can have a lower price tag. …

We’re always promoting ways you can include more grains into your diet, or how to cook Ontario grains. But, one question we do hear, is where in the grocery store can we find grains.

Throughout the store, you can find many foods and household items that contain Ontario grains. In fact, Ontario grain corn can be found in over 2,500 items in an average grocery store!

Below is a list of where you can find grains in grocery stores. Knowing where to find them, can help you and your family include more whole grains in your everyday meals.


Find barley…

A close up of red heart shaped bowl filled with rolled oats.
A close up of red heart shaped bowl filled with rolled oats.
A bowl of whole-grain oatmeal.

Brianne Curtis, Communications Coordinator with Good in Every Grain, farms with her family growing corn, soybeans and wheat outside of Guelph, Ontario.

Cardiovascular (heart) disease refers to what is a group of conditions that affect the structure and functions of the heart and have many root causes. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity are just some conditions that can lead to heart disease.

Healthy lifestyle choices like quitting smoking, eating a healthy and balanced diet, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and limiting alcohol intake can all help manage heart health.

Most people wouldn’t realize this, but the inclusion…

Meal planning has many benefits

Meal planning is the concept to preplan out your meals in advance. There are many reasons people may meal plan and it a growing concept in many homes across Ontario. What are 4 benefits to meal planning?

ICYMI: We shared earlier this month our own meal plan for January to help you plan at least one meal or food option a day that is both easy to make and made from Ontario grains.

Benefit #1: Healthier Meals

Sitting down and creating a meal plan can help you eat healthily. You can pre-plan out healthy, balanced meals in advance. This can help you avoid last-minute…

Learning how to cook grains can be daunting especially as you can purchase many different types or variations of barley, corn, oats, soybeans and wheat. Scroll below to learn the common ways to cook and add Ontario grains to your meals!


You may have noticed that in barley recipes, they will distinguish between which barley to use: hull, pearl or pot. What’s the difference between each?

Hull barley

Hull barley has the outermost hull removed but still retains the bran and endosperm layer. Considered to be the most nutritious form of barley and is a whole grain. …

November is Diabetes Awareness Month where Canadians work together to bring awareness to diabetes, a disease that affects one in three Canadians. Today, those aged 20 now face a 50 percent chance of developing the disease.

Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not properly process food into energy. This may lead to other health conditions like heart disease and stroke. Diabetes can develop into one of three conditions: type-1, type-2 and prediabetes. 90% of diabetes cases are type-2 which can be controlled through healthy lifestyle changes including, healthy diets and exercise.

How do whole grains fit into the diabetes conversations?

Whole grains are full of necessary…

Its been a beautiful start to the summer- hot, sunny and the perfect conditions to get outside and enjoy the weather. But, this weather isn’t great for Ontario crops. Ontario grains need a drink of water.

Farming is very challenging especially when a crop’s ability to survive is dependent on decent weather throughout the growing season. Planting in perfect soils, sunny days and timely rains contribute to how well a crop is going to grow- and how well that crop will be in order to produce our quality food.

It’s getting too dry!

This summer (so far) has been dry! A very different story…

A question I have heard many times is, “Why do Ontario grain farmers spray their crops?”. There are a lot of negative feelings towards farmers using pesticide sprays to protect their growing plants, particularly when a person feels that those products are “harmful” on our food source.

Ontario grain farmers may choose to spray their crops to protect their growing plants from threats that would destroy the entire field of barley, corn, oats, soybeans, or wheat. Organic and conventional farmers may use sprays if they choose. …

Blog post contributed by Matilda Miranda, freelance copywriter and content strategist.

GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organisms,” and for many who hear those words, it automatically conjures up scary images of mutated plants and animals ready to wreak havoc on our bodies and the environment.

“There’s been a well-organized campaign of deliberate misinformation by a lot of anti-agriculture activist organizations,” says Dr. Stuart Smyth, an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

According to Smyth, anti-GMO campaigns by high profile activist organizations have had a huge effect on how people view genetically modified [GM] foods and there’s data to back…

Good in Every Grain

From the farmers in the fields to the wholesome food on tables across Ontario — there’s Good in Every Grain #ONgrains

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