Unless there is a whole grain stamp on the foods you buy, when a package claims it is whole grain, it doesn't necessarily make it really made from whole grain. So what is a health-conscious consumer to do? Well use this handy little chart I've created to make the guessing process a little easier.
|Label Buzz Words:||Whole Grain?|
|whole grain [name of grain], whole wheat, whole [other grain], stoneground whole [grain], brown rice, oats, oatmeal (including old-fashioned oatmeal, instant oatmeal), wheatberries||Yes! Eat up.|
|wheat flour, semolina, durum wheat, organic flour, multigrain (may describe several whole grains or several refined grains, or a mix of both)||Maybe. Because some parts of the grain could be missing, you could be missing the benefits of whole grains.|
|enriched flour, degerminated (on corn meal), bran, wheat germ, flax, sunflower seeds, soy, chickpeas.||No. It's not to say that bran, wheat germ, flax, sunflower seeds, soy, chickpeas and unhealthy, they're just not whole grains.|
Not sure the name of common whole grains? I've already made a list, so check it out.