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    Wonderful worldwide breakfasts

    Whether you live in Bangkok, Paris or Peru, breakfast is a very important meal. And whilst cereal is loved all over the world, many countries have their own unique breakfast traditions. We’ve picked a few from around the globe. Now all you have to do is book a round-the-world trip to try them all…

    Japan

    Rice is nice … and the Japanese love it with a soybean puree known as natto.

    China

    Gruel, a thin porridge made with cereal and water or milk, is one of the most ancient breakfasts and is still eaten all over the world. The Chinese version is called Congee, a rice gruel topped with pickled tofu, strings of dried meat or egg.

    Turkey

    Yum Yum! The Turks know a thing or two about satisfying the morning tummy rumbles. They love their ‘Kaymak’; honey and clotted cream on toasted bread and fried eggs with a delicious spicy sausage called sucuk.

    Italy

    The Italians do breakfast on the go – hot, fast and sugary - “cappuccino e cornetto” is basically just a cup of coffee and a sweet croissant.

    Argentina

    Not for the faint-hearted, ‘Fracturas’ is a sugar-rush of a breakfast consisting of buttery, flaky pastries topped with sweetened milk, which has been boiled and reduced to a thick, sticky sauce called Dulce de Leche.

    Peru

    Peruvians love raw fish in the mornings - they tuck into ‘Ceviche’ - raw fish cured in citrus juices, with chillies.

    Bolivia

    The Bolivian breakfast might sound more like a dinnertime dish - Salteña is a morning meal of stewed meat and vegetables in a thick pastry case with a hot sauce.

    Costa Rica

    Cock-a-doodle-do! There’s nothing like a bit of ‘spotted rooster’ to wake you up in the morning. Made up of black beans, rice, salsa and avocado, this delicious mixture is eaten with a corn tortilla and fried plantain.

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      How can I find foods made with whole grain?

      Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too.

      What’s the difference between a whole grain and a refined grain?

      A ‘whole’ grain has more nutrients than a ‘refined’ grain, because all parts of the grain are retained – kernel, bran, endosperm and germ – along with their fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. But most of the bran and germ are removed when producing refined grains. Whole grains therefore contain more nutrients than refined grains.

      What is gluten?

      The general name for proteins found in cereal grains such as wheat. It holds the food together, like a ‘glue’, and gives dough its elasticity.

      How much whole grain do I need to eat every day?

      Keep it simple: make grains the base of your diet and choose whole grains over refined grains wherever possible. U.S Dietary Guidelines recommend eating 3 servings (48g) a day. So, whenever you look for breakfast cereals, bread, pasta, rice or flour to cook at home, look for the word “whole”, ideally among the first ingredients in the list.

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