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Take the Wholegrain Goodness challenge and you could win supermarket vouchers worth up to £250. NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-Jan-14 12:44:01

We've been asked by to find MNers to take part in a 2 week wholegrain challenge starting Monday 20th January.

Here's what, a not-for-profit campaign aiming to inspire people to eat more wholegrain, say about the challenge: "Most of us know it's important to eat at least five portions of fruit and veg every day, but did you know you should be eating more wholegrain to keep you healthy too?

Nutritionists encourage eating at least three servings of wholegrain a day. But despite the nutritional benefits, national surveys show that 95% of adults don't do this, and almost a third don't eat any at all. So try something different for your new year's resolutions this year - take part in our wholegrain challenge to help us inspire mums to get more nutritious wholegrain into their family's diet and we'll enter you into a prize draw."

Here's what's involved:

- This is open to all UK MNers with at least one child aged between 2 and 16 living at home.

- The challenge is to include wholegrain in at least ONE meal or snack for the family per day for two weeks and then to feedback by Sunday 9th February latest to be entered into a prize draw. You can use the variety of wholegrain foods available, such as wholegrain breads, breakfast cereals, pasta, rice, flour and even popcorn. And feel free to take part if you and your family already eat wholegrains.

- 100 MNers will be selected as 'official testers'. If selected, you'll be sent a £10 supermarket voucher to contribute towards the cost of buying wholegrain foods. This voucher will be for one of two supermarkets - you can submit your preference when you sign up. All 'officials' who post their feedback on the MN thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 supermarket voucher of choice.

- You can still take part if you don't get selected as an 'official'. All 'non-officials' who take part in the challenge and post their feedback on the MN thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £150 supermarket voucher of choice.

If you'd like to take part in the challenge, please sign up here.

We'll be in touch with the 100 MNers selected to take part in the challenge next Monday 13th.


Please note: comments made on this thread may be reproduced by Wholegrain Goodness (AHDB).

signed up smile. this would be really interesting as we are trying to eat better as a family

Indith Mon 06-Jan-14 18:19:45

deja vue. Did we not do this already? was fun. We still eat brown rice loads and the dcs lost their fear of any bread that is not white. ate lovely brown bread full of bits with soup containing pearl barley for dinner tonight.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-Jan-14 19:01:39

It was this time last year Indith! Time flies on MN! Glad to hear you are still enjoying wholegrain!

goldface Mon 06-Jan-14 19:39:55

Signed up!

bluebump Mon 06-Jan-14 19:43:48

Signed up too!

I can't sign up as not UK but I'm doing this for January (at least). Just ate wholegrain pasta for lunch! DD (3 yo) loves this. No fear of brown bread at our house.

kateandme Tue 07-Jan-14 00:27:17

sounds great.

Willemdefoeismine Tue 07-Jan-14 07:45:34

Oops I'm not sure I totally completed the form before pressing send, Ann. I filled in my pitch spiel and then pressed on send but pretty sure I didn't fill in location and my usual Mumsnet name? Trigger happy today....blush

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 07-Jan-14 10:25:10

Willemdefoeismine - all looks fine to me!

CambridgeBlue Tue 07-Jan-14 11:12:19

I've just signed up, we could all do with eating a bit more healthily and I'd love to do something about my DD's addiction to white bread - she's a nightmare on the few occasions I buy it!

Willemdefoeismine Tue 07-Jan-14 11:22:28

Thanks, Ann!

Fillybuster Tue 07-Jan-14 12:03:32

Done - we didn't do this last year, so keen to give it a bash this time around smile

Willemdefoeismine Tue 07-Jan-14 12:49:23

Our two have been brought up on various types of brown bread (Vogel being the favourite) but they still have a default setting to ask for white......

forgetandforgive Tue 07-Jan-14 22:04:07

i haven't signed up but me and the boys have always lived whole gain bread and cereals. they like the bread with pumpkin seeds in it.

Mograt Wed 08-Jan-14 00:33:21

Just filled in the form and pressed send but not sure if it went before the signal dropped on my Internet connection. Could you check please?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 08-Jan-14 11:00:02

Mograt - yep - tis ok! thanks

FanFuckingTastic Wed 08-Jan-14 13:33:45

I'll do it... looks for form

cheekylittledevil Wed 08-Jan-14 13:35:30

Signed up! I always fed my kids homemade, healthy food, but when they become teenagers the default setting seems to be horrible sliced white bread and packet cr*p.

charlieandlola Wed 08-Jan-14 13:43:46

Done !

luciferswench Wed 08-Jan-14 13:44:10

this looks interesting.

CaramelisedOnion Wed 08-Jan-14 13:55:51

Really keen on this...been meaning to switch from wholegrain more for ages and this will help with that resolution!

CaramelisedOnion Wed 08-Jan-14 13:58:17

Also Ann please would you check mine form has gone through? Did it on my phone and don't always trust it!

DameDeepRedBetty Wed 08-Jan-14 14:49:19

I think I've joined but I didn't get the usual 'Thank you for signing up' message at the end, just thrown straight to the Products and Competitions Front Page. Could you check I'm on the list please?

dizzyday07 Wed 08-Jan-14 14:52:43

signed up!

kirstyphillipsonlowe Wed 08-Jan-14 16:07:05

This is right up my street! Signed up :-)

chocolateshoes Wed 08-Jan-14 17:50:18

I need to do this. If only whole grain chocolate existed......

unadulterateddad Wed 08-Jan-14 18:30:02

Signed up !

Sparklezz Wed 08-Jan-14 19:15:18

My daughter isnt two yet so cant really take part but for my family in general we eat wholemeal bread already including the little one. its all part of our every day mealing planning too.

GoingGoingGoth Wed 08-Jan-14 20:16:42

Signed up

polly164 Wed 08-Jan-14 21:08:47

Would love to do this. Just signed up.

Bluecarrot Wed 08-Jan-14 22:14:34

Would love to get involved with this as dd starting to get more interested in what ingredients are in the food we eat.

dizzydel Wed 08-Jan-14 23:23:10

Would love to try new products I never usually buy

dublindee Thu 09-Jan-14 09:00:28

Just signed up but got no usual "thank you" message... Can you please check and see if I'm in???

Cheers xx

BellaVida Thu 09-Jan-14 09:38:47

Done. Have 4 children including set of twins, so ticked just 3 ages. Be interested to see what whole grain products I could get for £10. Definitely looking to budget well this month!

juebloggs Thu 09-Jan-14 09:56:34

Sounds like a good way to get over my kids fear of the unknown!

verap Thu 09-Jan-14 10:57:38

Signed up, would love to try this

Giflow Thu 09-Jan-14 13:18:19

Popcorn, an altenatives to our snack choices on the other hand we do love cornbread, I know one of the major stores sell them, so off to the shops with vouchers we will go.

Wholegrains, I will start thinking of meals to make that do not contain meat or tomatoe as my little pre-tennie is allergic...... not a vegan or vegaterian :-)

CuttedUpGrape Thu 09-Jan-14 13:31:25

signed up! i'm really glad, last year i narrowly missed the signing up date and was a bit gutted smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 09-Jan-14 13:58:29

dublindee - yep all ok, thanks

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Thu 09-Jan-14 14:42:47

Sounds like a good challenge for a New Year ... as I said in my "choose me!" bit we're a veggie family and have recently started using more beans and pulses as a step towards healthier eating. Adding this wholegrain challenge would be another good step for us.

As I have teens/pre-teens and they are hopefully up for broadening their tastes a little I think it's a challenge we could happily accept.

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Thu 09-Jan-14 14:45:04

Oh, will they know it's me as I put my "usual MN name" as JugglingFromHereToThere ?

QueenStromba Thu 09-Jan-14 15:28:00

So a body funded by a levy on the sale of cereals wishes to perpetuate the unsubstantiated claim that whole grains are good for us thus ensuring their continued funding?

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Thu 09-Jan-14 15:31:17

Really, is it contentious QueenStromba? Genuine question BTW

Faithless12 Thu 09-Jan-14 15:34:44

Interesting QueenStromba would love to hear more as DS comes out in hives whenever he eats certain wholegrain foods, so hearing that it's no better for us would make me feel a lot better about avoiding them for him.

QueenStromba Thu 09-Jan-14 15:57:57

They like to trot out stuff about increased fibre in wholegrains being a good thing for bowel health whereas actually there's evidence that it actually causes constipation and other bowel problems.

They talk about wholegrains being "heart healthy" when actually the only evidence for this is epidemiological studies which are notoriously unreliable - any link with wholegrains and reduced risk of heart disease could be explained by people who are conscious of their health eating them while doing other things that are good for them like exercise, not smoking, not drinking excessively etc. Intervention studies have shown no significant difference in markers for heart disease. Another Briffa link.

They also like to trot out the whole carbohydrates are necessary argument. The brain is perfectly happy running on ketones (derived from fat) and the heart actually prefers to run on ketones.

They also like to talk about how wholegrains have nutrients. They don't have a single nutrient that you can't get from other food and they also block the absorption of nutrients. You get less nutrients from the pasta and sauce or the sandwich than you would have gotten if you just ate the sauce or filling on its own.

Non-wholegrains aren't good for you either but in some ways they're better than wholegrains - less insoluble fibre and less phytates to block the absorption of nutrients.

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Thu 09-Jan-14 16:18:50

Thanks for putting forward the other side of the argument Queenie

BIWI Thu 09-Jan-14 16:21:30

Well said, QueenStromba

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Thu 09-Jan-14 16:21:31

- Still I'm thinking the challenge of one portion a day wouldn't do any harm and might do some good if only because it might encourage other healthy things to go with it such as veg and beans.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 10-Jan-14 14:30:22

The team at have asked us to post the below:

"Thanks to everyone who has signed up so far and for all the enthusiasm!

We've set up a wholegrain FAQs page (frequently asked questions) – and if you have any other questions please use our ask the nutritionist form. We're reading your posts and getting your questions answered as quickly as we can by an independent Registered Dietitian who is reviewing the science.

No one food provides all nutrients required for health, which is why nutritionists advocate a varied and balanced diet.

To understand more about the importance of fibre see this page on NHS Choices

To learn the truth about carbs see this page on NHS choices

UK guidelines such as these are established not off the back of single research studies, but on quality, published, peer-reviewed research and consultations"

BIWI Fri 10-Jan-14 14:39:58

"The truth about carbs?" hmm

Not sure everyone would agree about that ...

<leaves thread>

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Fri 10-Jan-14 15:30:41

That's fine Ann, but just to clarify we are free to use this and any other MN thread to discuss the issues freely as we wish to, obviously broadly within topic? bet I don't get chosen now smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 10-Jan-14 16:45:55

Of course...

Fillybuster Fri 10-Jan-14 17:09:30

BIWI grin

QueenStromba Fri 10-Jan-14 17:36:44

Those FAQs are hilarious!

Q: I feel awful after eating loads of fibre.
A: That's entirely normal but after a while you'll get used to it.

They've also admitted that the whole thing is a load of cobblers:

"There are currently very few published data from intervention studies conducted in free-living individuals and the results have been conflicting."

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Fri 10-Jan-14 17:48:29

Ooh, what's a "free-living individual" I think I might have the hippy credentials to be one of them if anyone wants to sign me up for a study as long as I don't have to eat bran - but then that's not a whole-grain right?

QueenStromba Fri 10-Jan-14 17:55:50

Free living individual just means that the scientists are studying people in the real world rather in labs.

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Fri 10-Jan-14 18:00:48

Oh. Guitar, weed, and incense sticks not needed then? wink

BIWI Sat 11-Jan-14 10:49:53

Sorry. I can't resist it. I don't know who Sian Porter is, but she clearly knows nothing about low carb diets:

"“When people cut out carbs and lose weight, it’s not just carbs they’re cutting out, they’re cutting out the high-calorie ingredients mixed in or eaten with it such as butter, cheese, cream, sugar and oil,” says Sian."

We will be, as low carbers, cutting out the sugar, but butter, cheese, cream and oil are very much part of a low carb diet. I'm sorry, but the stuff that is spouted on that link is just plain wrong.

<really leaves thread>

QueenStromba Sat 11-Jan-14 14:52:10

She also appears to unaware that sugar is a carb.

QueenStromba Sat 11-Jan-14 18:05:15

Ooh - I just spotted this little gem in the FAQs:

"In the absence of glucose from carbohydrate the body can switch to making glucose from protein in a process known as ketogenesis. This produces what are known as ketone bodies. While this is okay for a short period, long term production of ketone bodies can have adverse effects on the body including muscle breakdown."

Making glucose from protein is gluconeogenesis. Ketones are made from fat and so have nothing to do with muscle breakdown.

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Sun 12-Jan-14 19:48:04

Perhaps we'll find out tomorrow - hoping everyone who wants one will get their £10 voucher to try some more wholegrain items in their grocery shop.
I think it said 100 people would be signed up did it not?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 13-Jan-14 12:34:24

Thanks to everyone who has applied – we've had lots of applications. We've closed recruitment now and will be in touch with 100 selected testers later today – so do look out for an email

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 15-Jan-14 12:47:01

The 100 selected official testers have just been emailed so please check your inboxes (and spam folders) – and look out for your £10 supermarket vouchers in the post.

If you haven't been picked, all is not lost! There's a separate prize draw for non-official testers who do the challenge and post their feedback on the thread too.

Please see feedback/support thread here

CuttedUpGrape Wed 15-Jan-14 12:52:34

wohooo, got my email! i'm really excited about this, cannot wait to get started!
just wondering - where is the feedback thread, is it this one here?

CuttedUpGrape Wed 15-Jan-14 12:53:38

duh, ignore me! just found it...

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Wed 15-Jan-14 13:22:20

Huh! Why didn't you choose me then?

Oooooh selected. Very happy. Whatever the arguments for or against the health benefits I don't think it will do any harm to broaden the range of foods we eat. Off to see what I can buy that we might eat rather than peer at suspiciously.

BlackeyedShepherdswatchsheep Wed 15-Jan-14 21:23:33

Yay. whole meal challenge here I come!

kirstyphillipsonlowe Thu 16-Jan-14 07:50:02

Yay I'm in!!! Can't wait to get going! Can I write about the challenge on my blog aswell if I link back to Mumsnet and Wholegrain goodness?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 16-Jan-14 12:55:43

kirstyphillipsonlowe - of course - blog posts very welcome!

kirstyphillipsonlowe Thu 16-Jan-14 14:27:55

Thanks Ann thats great as I am sure my readers will enjoy reading about the challenge too! I am also planning to create some easy wholemeal recipes!

FanFuckingTastic Fri 17-Jan-14 15:22:12

Received my letter today, thanks for giving me the kickstart to start my diet.

violetwellies Sat 18-Jan-14 21:34:54

Ooer. Queen, I thought the whole grain doo dah was about cutting down on over refined bleached food, with synthetic vitamins added to replce the ones removed during refining? Not about eating enough bran to bloat a horse? (its not good for horses either nowadays as even the bran is so refined that most of the vitamins have been beaten out of it, upsets the calcium phosphorous balance)
And wole grains dont have to be wheat, isn't there more soluble fibre in oats?

joolzy Thu 23-Jan-14 10:27:48

We went off and shopped for things I stand a chance of getting my family to eat!

We have had malted squares, multigrain hoops and porridge. All munched happily. Also bought oats and made flapjack and banana and oat muffins.

I have bought brown rice too as my teen dd loves rice salad and she has said this is nicer than the white I usually use. Result.

We tried the littles with50/50 bread but that was met with a yuck. We enjoyed it though!!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 26-Jan-14 11:54:31

Hi - just to remind you the feedback thread is here thanks

subers Tue 04-Feb-14 09:11:52

The wholegrain challenge has worked really well in our house. Shredded wheat, porridge and Weetabix for breakfast never again will we be going back to krave and sugar puffs! I have made nourishing soups with pearl barley that have been really tasty especially when you add some low salt bouillion powder magic stuff! Wholemeal sandwiches everyday for lunch, cakes made with wholemeal self raising flour, wholemeal breadcrumbs on fish and chicken. Lentils added galore to curries and casseroles and queen of puddings with wholemeal bread is delicious. No bowel problems which I know people don't want to hear but when my son was 5 and having to see a specialist for mega colon and taking massive doses of laxative everyday is now music to my ears! A change for life in our household. Great ideas from everyone

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