Discussed almost as an afterthought by Yanni Papanikolaou, who has conducted the G.F.F. research, was a very different G.F.F. initiative. Mr. Papanikolaou is seeking influential figures in the nutrition community to convene a panel tasked with drafting a consensus statement about the healthfulness of grains. The effort will put on paper, based on an examination of the scientific literature, areas of agreement with regard to the nutrition of grains, and where gaps exist in the data.
It is hoped the consensus statement will serve as a valuable mile marker, helping create an important tool for industry advocates and for presenting the grain-based foods case to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The document also will help guide future research to ultimately make the case for grain-based foods stronger than ever.