Whole Grain or Multigrain?

What is the difference between whole grains and multigrains??

I know some people get confused when they hear Whole Grain and Multigrain, they think they are the same thing, well there not.

So lets take a look at the difference….

Whole grain

Whole grain means that all parts of the grain kernel — the bran, germ and endosperm — are used.

Whole-grain foods are a healthy choice because they contain nutrients, fiber and other healthy plant compounds found naturally in the grain. Look for products that list the first ingredient as “whole wheat,” “whole oats” or a similar whole grain. While “whole grains” may signify one of many types of healthy grains, “whole wheat” labels the specific grain used. Either term may identify a food that’s a good source of fiber, several B vitamins and minerals.

The latest dietary guidelines advise us to eat at least three servings of whole grains every day, which can help prevent things like heart disease, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes.

Multigrain

Multigrain means that a food contains more than one type of grain, although none of them may necessarily be whole grains. The same goes for other variations, such as “seven-grain.

Whole Grain Imposters

With foods like oatmeal, bulgur wheat, brown rice, popcorn, or quinoa, you’re always getting the whole grain—and these are all great foods to include in your diet. It gets trickier with foods like breads, crackers, pasta, and tortillas, where the grains have been milled into flour. Then, it can be a little harder to tell whether you’re dealing with whole grains or not.

I hope this article answers any questions you may have about whole grains and multigrains.  If you have additional questions you can contact me at relivinglifehealthy@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

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