victw, thanks for the link. I actually didn't think to look there. And your comments were very nice.
I'd still like Jeff's thoughts, though, because he makes a distinction between what is "allowed" and what is "recommended." So grits may appear on that list and still not be a great choice.
I did a search of the forum for a post by JeffN that had the words "grits" in it, and I couldn't find one (well, one mentioned barley grits). So I assumed he hadn't commented on them as a food choice, at least not here.
Thanks for your comments, too, serenity.
I mentioned hominy grits because that's the kind I bought, but my idea that "grits" are a refined food is a general idea that I got from looking at various resources.
The USDA lists grits as a refined grain here:http://www.mypyramid.gov/pyramid/grains.html
A publication from the Center for Science in Public Interest also listed them in the "refined" column in the chart in this article:http://www.cspinet.org/nah/wwheat.html
So that's why I thought they were refined. They are low in calorie density, and they do have some fiber.