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Ask Tufts Experts February 2008 Issue

Q: I have read that when buying bread and cereals, one should look for “whole grain” on the package, not just “whole wheat.” Is whole grain better than whole wheat or are they the same thing?

Answer :  Whole wheat is one type of whole grain, which simply means any grain that retains the entire kernel—bran, germ and endosperm. White flour and bread are made from only the endosperm of the wheat, and contain only a quarter of the fiber of whole-wheat products. In Canada, however, cautions Cynthia Harriman, director of food and nutrition strategies for the Whole Grains Council www.wholegrainscouncil. org, “whole wheat” can be missing up to 5% of the whole…

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