Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Don’t be Fooled by “Multi-Grain.” Here’s the Whole Truth:

Whole wheat, whole grain, multi-grain, 12-grain, sprouted grain...the possibilities seem endless when we're looking for healthy carbohydrate choices. What do these different terms mean and which ones are the healthiest choices for us to eat? There are pros and cons to each, but here's a quick breakdown of a couple of common contenders.

MYTH 21: “Multi-grain” is the same as “whole grain.”

THE TRUTH: Multi-grain isn’t always whole grain. Multi-grain products include different grains, but they may not be whole. You’ll get the greatest health benefits from eating whole grains. To make sure a food is made with whole grains, look on the food label’s ingredient list for the words “whole grain” in front of each grain name. If whole grains are the main ingredients in a food, they should appear first in the ingredient list. Make at least half of your grain products whole grain each day.

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