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I recently bought a loaf of bread that advertised “20 grams of whole grains per serving” and “a good source of fiber.” What does this mean? According to the Food and Drug Administration, a whole grain must contain all the components of a grain kernel: the bran, germ and endosperm.

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Fall is just around the corner and so are baking spices we associate with fall — cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and allspice. I love to smell baked goods that use any of these spices.

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For many, the closest we’ve come to a fig may be in the form of a Fig Newton, an iconic cookie that has been around since 1892. Just because we’ve had limited experience with something doesn’t mean we can’t learn about it and see if it’s to our liking. Who knows — we might be onto something.

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I recently did a few things to freshen up my kitchen. Small changes can create a different look without a big expense.

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Honey is an ancient food and has been consumed by man since antiquity. Bees and honey are inextricably entwined with the history of man and mentioned in some of the oldest literature of the world.

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I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to write a food article and create a recipe for The News-Enterprise every month for the last two years. This will be my 24th article, and I just realized that we may have not been fully introduced.

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Dear Dietitian: I have acid reflux and gastroparesis and both are under good control with medication. I drink water and sugar-free sports drinks and I’m getting tired of them. Are there other drinks you would recommend? I do not have diabetes. — Sharon