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Multigrain vs. Whole Grain

I just wanted to review the difference between multi-grain and whole grain breads, since they both sound so healthy.

Multigrain simply means the bread or product is made from at least two different types of grain like wheat, oats and barley. However the term gives no indication if the whole grain was used, or if the grain was refined in any way.

On the other hand, whole grain means the bread or baked good includes the nutritious bran and germ of the grain. So the product contains the fiber, magnesium, vitamin B6 and vitamin E and other important phytonutrients. You're getting all the grain has to offer; it has been stripped of nothing.

Fit's Tip: No matter how many grains are involved in a multigrain bread, if the grains have been refined and the bran and germ of the grain have been removed you are missing out on valuable nutrients. So read your labels carefully and look for products with the whole grain stamp.


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