Whole Grain Bread Confusion

Carbs or no carbs is not the debate for this post. It’s the confusion caused by the commercial bakers about whole grain bread. So many people have mistakenly bought bread labeled whole grain but the bread is actually only partially whole grain.

When I am first teaching a client about whole grains, we always have this discussion because the companies are cunning with their deception. The packaging may say whole grain, the first ingredient may actually be whole grain, but unless all the flour is whole grain, they have slipped in some white flour. Yes, some highly processed, stripped of nutrients white flour.

Until white flour is “enriched” with vitamins and minerals, it is devoid of nutrition. Bleached flour, enriched flour, wheat flour, white flour are all the same thing! Unless it states 100% whole grain, it is white flour!

Even when the packaging says multi-grain, 7 grain,12 grain or whole grain white, unless all of the flour is 100% whole grain, it is NOT a whole grain bread. It just has some whole grain in it. It’s like saying pure fruit juice when it’s sugar and water with some pure fruit juice in it. Commercial bakers know consumers want whole grain goodness but prefer the texture of white flour, so to make it palatable, they compromise and call it whole grain.

If you really want the goodness of whole grain bread, read the label thoroughly. And do you really want all those chemicals in your wholesome goodness? I suggest 6 or less ingredients and things that your grandmother could pronounce.  This is the label of a very well-known brand of bread labeled both whole grain and 7 grain. NOT!

7 grain bread.43.47 PMNotice the 2nd ingredient and the chemicals. There are other tasty, healthy alternatives. What is your favorite whole grain bread? Leave a note in the comment area below.

Whole Wheat Bread

Buying store-bought wheat bread can be confusing to consumers expecting whole grain goodness due to misleading packaging. When you buy whole wheat bread, is it really whole wheat? If the first ingredient isn’t 100% whole wheat, it is not whole grain. Often the package label says wheat flour as the first ingredient which is really processed white flour. Even if it is whole wheat, does it contain high fructose corn syrup, mono and diglycerides or other preservatives or chemicals? It can be challenging finding a quality whole grain bread but I recommend any that have 6 or less ingredients. Buy locally made whole wheat bread that most closely resembles homemade. I love Heidleberg 100% whole wheat and I want to try some from All Good Bakers. What is your favorite?