#MISCONCEPTION: Multi Grain is the same thing as Whole Grain
Let’s talk about bread. More specifically, different types of bread! Here are some examples of packaged bread loafs that I came across at the grocery store: White bread. Brown Bread. Whole Wheat Bread. Whole Grain Bread. Whole Grain Wheat Bread. Whole Grain White Bread. Multi-Grain Bread…..Is there no end to this bread novel?
With so many new food products coming out from every direction, labelled with words that many are not yet familiar with, it’s very easy for the average consumer to be confused by all of these terms and be driven into make certain assumptions…which often time can be wrong! ❌❌
So…What’s the difference? ☝Let’s start with defining both terms ☝
“WHOLE GRAIN” refers to a food in which the entire wheat grain is used.
“MULTI-GRAIN” refers to a food that contains more than one type of grain (e.g. oats, buckwheat, cracked wheat, flax and millet). These foods are often very hearty, packed with nutrients, and providing a dense texture and rich flavour to the grain products. However, though many types of grains are used, it does not necessarily mean that the food contains whole grain ingredients – unless specifically stated. Therefore, the ingredients could either contain whole grain or refined grains.
QUESTION❓: Which one is healthier❓
ANSWER☑: Both are fine, just be sure to check the ingredients!
. ✅Whole grain foods are always a healthy choice because they contain important sources of nutrients including fibre, trace minerals, and certain vitamins.
❗On the other hand multi-grain foods must be more closely examined. As mentioned previously, multi-grain products could either contain whole grains or refined grains. When a grain is refined, most of the bran and some of the germ is removed, resulting in a loss of fibre, B vitamins, vitamin E, trace minerals and unsaturated fat.
CONCLUSION: When opting for a multi-grain bread, it is important to look closely at the label and make sure that the grains all include the word ‘WHOLE’. This ensures that the grains in this food are all whole grain! •
WHOLE GRAIN —> MORE FIBRE ✅✅✅
Hope this helps!