Podcast Episode 094: The (Whole) Truth About Grains – Julie Miller Jones

Jul 11, 2018

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Judge a food by its nutritional contribution to your diet, not by what others say about it.” – Dr. Julie Miller Jones

Have you heard that carbs are bad for you? Breads, grains and other starchy foods? Have you heard that whole grains are good for you? Would you be surprised to find out that it’s not that simple? It’s actually kind of complex! In fact, when examining the truth about grains, there’s a lot more to the story than simple carbs vs. complex carbs. My guest this week, Dr. Julie Miller Jones, has been conducting research, teaching nutrition and food science, and presenting to audiences all over the world for decades and she shares her wit and wisdom with us on this episode.

Dr. Julie Miller JonesDr. Julie Miller Jones, CNS, CFS, is a board-certified and Licensed Nutritionist, Fellow OF AACCI, ICC, and IFT, Professor Emerita, St. Catherine University and advisor to the Grain Foods Foundation. She received her BS degree from Iowa State University and her Ph.D. in Home Economics/Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Jones is a frequent speaker at many professional conferences and consumer organizations, locally, nationally, and internationally. She is actively involved in educating consumers against frauds and myths in nutrition and food safety. To that end, she has appeared on radio and TV shows in many cities in the United States and has answered hundreds of consumer letters in the FIXIT column of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Julie Miller Jones truth about grains

Julie Miller Jones in the bread lab at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Mexico. This lab is funded by Gates Foundation, Rockefeller, Ford USAID and most governments. Its mission is to improve nutrition and to feed the world through grain breeding. Dr. Jones is a nutrition advisor for them.

If you think you should avoid grains, or that the only grains you should eat are whole grains – you definitely need to listen to this episode! I learned so much from Julie – she has such a wealth of knowledge. You will certainly walk away from this episode with valuable information. 


What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • The misinformation and the truth about grains.
  • How misconceptions negatively affect nutrition.
  • A new perspective on fiber.
  • What the bottom line is when it comes to lectins.
  • What you need to know about MTHFR.
  • How grain benefits go way beyond “whole” grain, fiber and folate.
  • How food labeling may be misleading consumers.

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The American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting is in Baltimore on August 17-20. Register today!

AADE has been engaging peer support community members in programming for nearly 10 years and continues the effort this year by bringing attention to mental health and the value of peer support through these sessions.

August 17thListen and Learn: The Perspectives of a Panel of People with Diabetes

(Anna Norton and Shelby Kinnaird will participate in this panel)

August 18thEngaging Friends, Families and More: Barriers and Opportunities

August 19thThe Educator’s Role in Advocating Peer Support: Why, When and How?

August 20th – General Session: Peer Support Communities: Improving Mental Health for People with Diabetes. Let’s Talk About It!

Mary de Groot, PhD, will facilitate this panel presentation. Anna Norton, CEO with Diabetes Sisters will be a panel member along with several other healthcare providers.

August 20thCollege Transition Planning for Teens and Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

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Music by Dave Birk

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