Foundation celebrates National Bread Month

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — A recent survey commissioned by the Grain Foods Foundation and conducted on-line by Harris Interactive indicates that more than a third (41%) of American adults eat sandwiches up to six times a week, and more than 60% of American adults eat a sandwich at least once per week. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the sandwich during National Bread Month, the G.F.F. has enlisted celebrity chef and sandwich aficionado Bryan Voltaggio to create four, exclusive sandwich recipes.

“Sandwiches have long been a go-to meal for my family, which inspired me to open an entire restaurant dedicated to this highly versatile food,” Mr. Voltaggio said. “Sandwiches can be dressed up or served casual, taste great, and more importantly, they’re also one of the healthiest, most convenient and affordable foods available.”

Seventy-seven per cent of U.S. adults cite convenience and 59% taste as top reasons they eat sandwiches.

Health also plays a major role when choosing a sandwich for lunch, with more than three-quarters of Americans (83%) citing nutrition as a reason to go with the grain.

“Bread and grains provide many of the essential nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy and help fight diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and birth defects,” said Christine Cochran, executive director of the G.F.F. “That’s why the Dietary Guidelines for Americans continue to recommend eating six one-ounce servings of grain foods each day, with at least three servings coming from whole grains.”

To view Chef Voltaggio's sandwich recipes, and for expert nutrition advice as well as video tips for including more wholesome bread and grains in your diet, please visit www.gowiththegrain.org.

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