Multigrain, Whole Grain, Seven-Grain, Etc.

It seems that strolling down the bread aisle at the grocery store gets complicated and confusing with the variety of grain options available.  First off, multigrain and whole grain are not interchangeable terms.  Whole grain means that all parts of the grain kernel (bran, germ and endosperm) are used.  Whereas multigrain means that a food contains more than one type of grain, although none of them may be whole grains.  The same goes for seven-grain variations.

Nutritionist Katherine Zeratsky R.D., L.D., from the Mayo Clinic believes whole-grain foods are a healthy choice because they contain nutrients, fiber and other healthy plant compounds found naturally in the grain.  So next time you are strolling down the grocery isle look for products that list the first ingredient as “whole wheat”, “whole oats” or a similar whole grain.

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