The truth about whole grains from the grocery store.
The truth is, whole grains are good for you! No, that's not the end of the article; it is the basis of it. We have seen the studies and as good consumers we all want to abide by what is in the best interest for our health. The question is, whole grains, while they ARE very good for you, are they as good as they can be when you rely on the grocery store and labels to tell you what exactly IS whole grain? The answer to this may surprise you.
It seems there is a great mystery to decoding the labels that contain whole grains in the grocery store. Verbiage that eludes many well educated individuals is designed to lull us into a false sense of security to buy a product. No offense to advertisers, because they are very good at getting us to do this without actually being deceitful, but we should be careful to see what we are buying for our health.
When we see the phrase: "Made with whole grains" or "A good source of whole grains", we are more apt to pick up that item because it is supposed to be healthier for us and our families. The truth is that if these phrases are taken at their exact meaning rather than the jump out at you key phrase of 'whole grain' - we would see, based on ingredients that very few items on the grocery shelf are completely WHOLE whole grain.
If an item is made WITH whole grain, or is considered a good source of whole grain, it does not mean that it is all whole grain. When looking at the ingredients if there are words such as enriched or bleached, then the white-glue, sticky stuff is still in that item that is 'made with whole grains'. There are some whole grains in there but it is likely no more than 51% of the flour.
So, now what? I don't have a secret decoder ring or pocket dictionary for legal jargon to take with me to the grocery store! What are we to do to get whole grains in our diets? If we want to be healthy and actually have those whole grains in their best form, we need to mill our flour from real WHOLE kernels of grain.
By the time I've read all the labels and scrutinized the ingredients, I could have made a fresh loaf of bread at home - from the wheat kernel to the oven. From there - the options are endless! Why with as little as 5 ingredients, all of which I can pronounce, I can make: hot dog/burger buns, sandwich bread, bagels, pitas, hoagie rolls and more! Healthy whole grains are not that hard to incorporate - just trust yourself more than your grocery store!
Donna Miller is a work-at-home wife and mother. She delighted to share her trials and triumphs of learning to mill and cook with whole grains. The Millers own and operate an online Store which offers Organic and Chemical-free Whole Grains, Bosch Mixers, the NutriMill, instructional tutorials, recipes and more. Visit Millers Grain House!