THIS eye-catching picture shows Van Gogh’s iconic sunflower painting – made from grains.
The recognizable creation took a week to make, using thousands of the tiny grains.
Prudence Staite recreated Van Gogh’s iconic sunflower painting with thousands of grainsImage credit: SWNS
Staite used whole grain cereals, oatmeal, and whole wheat flour to complete the artworkImage credit: SWNS
Roasted barley was used for the outline of the image to give the sunflowers a dark, rich, and distinct border, while rye effectively recreated the green.
Whole grain cereals, porridge, and whole wheat flour were used to complete the picture.
Food artist Prudence Staite worked with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Committee (AHDB) to create the masterpiece.
She said, “Working on this project has been a fantastic experience exploring a wide variety of whole grains and their versatility.
“They decided to recreate Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic sunflower painting using only whole grains and whole grains because they felt it underscored the campaign’s message that beige foods are really beautiful.”
The picture comes when a senior general practitioner gave insight into the “good” beige foods we should include in our diet, such as porridge, whole grain bread, and rye crackers.
Whole grain breakfast cereals and whole grain barley are also considered “good” beige foods.
However, a survey of 2,000 adults found that 23 percent believe beige foods are unhealthy – although whole grains are a good source of fiber and other nutrients needed for good health.
Beige foods are also considered tasteless (10 percent) and bland (15 percent).
Only 12 percent consider beige to be the healthiest color of food, while only 38 percent consider items in this color group to be a potential source of fiber.
It found that 63 percent are unaware of the nutritional benefits of whole grains. Fewer than one in ten can correctly determine how much fiber they should consume each day.
23 percent of adults think beige foods are unhealthy, although whole grains are a good source of fiberImage credit: SWNS
The campaign message is that beige foods are beautiful and good for youImage credit: SWNS
GP Dr. However, Gill Jenkins, who works with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Committee (AHDB), believes that beige foods are an important part of a balanced diet.
Dr. Gill Jenkins said, “Whole grains play an important role in a healthy, balanced diet, which is a good source of fiber and other nutrients we need for good health.
“According to UK government guidelines, adults should consume 30 grams of fiber per day as this is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer.
“Right now, adults in the UK are only eating around 20g of fiber a day, so most of us need to increase our intake.
“Choosing foods with fiber can help us feel full longer, and a high-fiber diet can aid digestion and prevent constipation.
“As part of a healthy, balanced diet, it is important to get fiber from various sources such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, potatoes in their skins, legumes and beans, nuts and seeds.
“Whenever you can, choose high-fiber whole grains with higher fiber. Also, try to choose the ones that are lower in sugar and salt. “
The survey also found that three quarters of adults think they can identify a whole grain, but 63 percent are unaware of the nutritional benefits.
As a result, whole-grain products are often crossed off shopping lists, with only 15 percent regularly eating whole-grain pittas, 12 percent enjoying oatcakes and nine percent rye bread in them.
It also found that only 12 percent are “very confident” of identifying high-fiber snacks.
But 41 percent of those surveyed through OnePoll didn’t know that whole grain bread was considered whole grain, and 57 percent didn’t know that oats were whole grain too.
Dr. Gill Jenkins added, “You could try higher fiber breakfast cereals like whole grain bread or whole grain crushed cereals with no added sugar or oatmeal.
“Good choices for bread are granaries, seeds, whole grain bread or white bread with higher fiber. Try adding whole grain barley, extra vegetables, legumes, and beans to soups and stews.
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“Healthy snacks can also help increase your fiber intake. Try rye crackers or oat cakes with nut butter and fresh fruit or vegetable sticks.
“A lot of foods show how much fiber they contain on the nutrition label on the pack, so use this to compare which product has more fiber.”
For more information on how to add whole grains to your diet and what to look out for, please visit WeEatBalanced.com/wholegrains