Meeting the Grain Requirement

I’m often asked if a potato can be used in place of bread, pasta or rice. To meet the whole grain requirement for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or Child and Adult Food Care Programs (CACFP), a whole grain must be served. NYC food standards require grains contain at least 2g of fiber. Potatoes, corn, green peas and plantains are starchy vegetables. Because they are starchy, many people think they qualify as a grain. A whole grain is fiber rich, with B vitamins and other essential nutrients that are vital to healthy development. Creditable whole grains include: whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole grain pasta, quinoa. Starchy vegetables cannot count towards a grain requirement.


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