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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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pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 9 years
Yeah this is still really confusing. I wish they would just make the packaging a bit clearer so those of us who may actually be trying to be health-conscious can do so without spending hours researching the differences between tricky phrasings!
meganekko meganekko 10 years
I wasn't aware of any difference between the two, I'm glad that you posted this!
krisua krisua 10 years
Very good!
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
nikolem2 thanks so much for the info! I was just about to post a question about the difference between whole wheat vs whole grain. . . . Sad though. I always thought multigrain had more flavor to it, I even liked it better than white. Oh well.
SU3 SU3 10 years
:MOB: Tricky packaging!
sls1825 sls1825 10 years
I've been a whole grain girl for a while now. I love them!
christie christie 10 years
Thanks, I did not know all of that!
kungfubunni kungfubunni 10 years
Nikolem, you always have a lot of info to add!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
I love whole wheat breads! I always read the ingredients before buying any bread. It could say Whole wheat and when you see the ingredients, there are some many syrups, enriched/bleached flour and sugar that all nutrition is GONE! Country Kitchen has a great whole wheat bread; One brand I really like are the Men's Bread and Women's bread, sold at health stores - the grains are my fave.
evita evita 10 years
I've always wondered the same thing, thanks for the info!
nikolem2 nikolem2 10 years
Actually, "whole grain" bread doesn't mean much. "Whole grain" logos appear on almost all grain products, including sugary breakfast cereals. The reality is that refined white flour, with just a touch of whole wheat added back in, can be listed as "whole grain." A food manufacturer can use the term "whole grain" no matter how much whole wheat the product contains. It's pretty deceiving. You do still want to look for "100% whole wheat" which is better and not the same as "whole grain".
Vanilla-Bean Vanilla-Bean 10 years
I know that it is so good for you, but I don't like the taste of whole wheat. I prefer honey wheat (I know not as healthy)
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Good to know. I told my parents about this a while back--that wheat bread doesnt necessarily mean whole wheat bread. They had no idea! NOW they are certain to buy breads with whole grains.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Thanks for giving us the scoop Fit. I also watch out for the ingredient in bread that says "Enriched." It means that it's lost nutrients in the preparation process.
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