When you went to the supermarket recently did you wonder what has happened in our bread aisle, loaf upon loaf upon loaf now greet us, what used to be a simple task has now turned into a mammoth mission involving a lot of patience, concentration and a good pair of reading glasses. It's hard to tell what is good for you and has the most nutrition.
To help you along here is what you need to know:
What is the difference between whole grain, whole wheat and Multigrain:
Whole grain has the entire kernel of the grain from the bran to the endosperm to the germ. Whole grain flour is not refined and therefore maintains its full nutritional value.
Whole wheat has the bran and the germ removed during the refining process and is left containing only the endosperm. Unfortunately, the majority of vitamins and fiber are contained in the wheat bran and wheat germ that is shed during the refining process. Whole wheat flour has half of the nutrients stripped away during the refining process.
Multigrain bread is bread that is made with more than one type of grain. Multiple grain products can be made in any fashion, including bleaching and starching and using the less nutritious part of the grain. This product maybe refined which means the healthy parts, such as the germ and bran are removed and the grain is enriched with chemicals and bleached. Don't be quick to assume that multigrain products are healthy products. We know they can be made in multiple fashions, and could contain as much refined grains that are devoid of nutrition as the basic bleached white flour. You can't even assume that at least your getting some grains and their nutrients, because you may only be getting as few as two different grains. And, if the grains are refined, they'll be lacking in original nutrients and fiber.
Next time you are at the supermarket here is what you need to look for: