Know What You're Eating: Whole Wheat vs. Multigrain

Take a closer look at these labels.

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Product labels can often be tricky and hard to differentiate from one another. Is there a difference between the labels “whole wheat” and “multigrain” when it comes to supermarket bread, cereal, or crackers?  And when it comes to making a healthier choice, which between the two is more nutritious and wholesome?


Whole wheat means that the entire wheat grain (which consists of the bran, the germ, and the endosperm) was used to make the product. Multigrain, on the other hand, means that more than one kind of grain was used in the process. For example, a multigrain cracker could contain a mix of flax, oat, and wheat flours. However, knowing how processed these flours are is difficult to determine. If you have to choose between whole wheat and multigrain for a healthier option, your best bet would be whole wheat.


One easy way to tell if the product is properly labeled is to check for the main ingredient. Does it list the first one as a whole grain or whole wheat product? Good! Keep an eye out for the ones that don’t—you may want to think twice about those.


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