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What's better, whole wheat or multi grain?

I'm trying to incorporate more brown bread instead of white bread, but I don't know what the benefits are of whole wheat vs multigrain. What is healthier?

Thu. Feb 23, 12:15pm

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Generally speaking whole wheat, but look for anything with 'whole' in it.

'Multigrain' does not mean it uses the whole grain unless it says so somewhere on the label, and thus you miss out on the bran and the germ (which contain the bulk of the fiber and nutrients in a grain). Look at the fiber content of the bread and if it is 2g or less per serving it is doubtful you are eating whole grain bread.

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 12:29 PM

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matter of opinion. I do not consider wheat healthy and avoid it like the plague. Multi grain has the potential to have a lower percentage of wheat in it- so it would get my vote.

Better yet, try alternatives like Ezekiel bread (sprouted grain, available in hfs's), spelt bread, 100% rye bread, rice bread, oat bread, kamut bread...

This notion of 5-7 servings of grain is promoted by the gov't after being lobbied by farmers. Getting servings of "whole grains" doesn't mean you need wheat; veggies (not starches) are better fibre for you anyways.

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 12:54 PM

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Well, one could certainly say the same thing about the government and dairy, or the government and meat. There is nothing wrong with 5-7 servings of grains a day if they are the right kind of grains -- brown rice, rolled oats (not instant), and whole wheat (though to a lesser extent) are my staple foods. There is nothing wrong with whole wheat as long as you don't suffer from a wheat intolerance or celiac disease. A lot of people have misconception about what a serving of grains is. A serving of grains is half a cup of cooked rice, 1 slice of bread, 1 cup of cooked oatmeal, 2 ounces of dry pasta. A lot of people eat 5-7 "servings" which are much bigger than a true serving.

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 1:06 PM

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OP here, question for the second poster, why do you consider wheat unhealthy?

It's not that I'm trying to eat more wheat, it's just that my nutritionist recommend that I not eat white bread, go for bread with more fiber/nutrition.

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 1:52 PM

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Have you ever heard the phrase "The whiter your bread, the sooner you're dead." ? :)

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 1:56 PM

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