Are you confused about the difference between whole wheat and whole grains? If so, you are far from alone. When it comes to grocery shopping, many consumers are confused by the two labels. If you would like to better understand the difference between whole wheat and whole grains, continue reading this article. Throughout the article we will discuss what each of these are to give you a better understanding of the difference between the two. At the end of the article, we will also give a brief suggestion for a healthy eating plan.
Let's begin by taking a closer look at what whole grains are. Whole grains, are often referred to as kernels, and contain three main components: bran, germ, and endosperm. Examples of whole grain foods include, but are not limited to, wheat, brown rice, oats, pasta, cereal, tortillas, and barley. All whole grain foods are considered to be an excellent source of carbohydrates (to provide you with lasting energy throughout the day), vitamins, and minerals.
When shopping for whole grain foods, it is important to know the difference between whole grains and refined grains. When looking for health value, make sure all foods purchased are whole grain. As said previously, whole grains contain the entire kernel including all parts that come naturally in the grain (the bran, the germ, and the endosperm). Refined grains, however, do not contain all three components and therefore lack the added nutritional value.
Now let's take a look at whole wheat. Whole wheat is a type of grain. Besides whole wheat, there are also many other varieties of grain including brown rice, barley, buckwheat, and oats. Products that contain whole grains can contain a mixture of any of the above ingredients, or they may just contain one. Each of the different grains, including whole wheat, are full of carbohydrates, fibers, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
So there you have it! Whole wheat is simply a type of whole grain. Both whole grains and whole wheat contain nutritional value that is essential to our well being. The main difference between whole grain and whole wheat foods is the taste. Whole grain foods tend to have a richer flavor than whole wheat foods, making some people prefer one over the other.
Nutritional experts suggest that we eat at least three servings of whole grain foods each day. On top of this, we should eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthy fats. Foods to be avoided include meat, processed food, soy, sugar, and dairy products. To jumpstart your healthy diet, begin searching your supermarket for 100% whole grain or whole wheat foods!
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