Daily Challenge Thursday Jan. 05, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

Check the first ingredient in a loaf of store-bought bread to see if it's whole grain.

How to do it

Pick up a loaf of a commercial bread today. It can be one you have at home or one that you find in the bread aisle of your local supermarket. Look at the ingredients listing and see if the first ingredient contains the word "whole" - as in whole wheat flour, whole rye flour, or whole oatmeal.

Why it matters

The only way to know for sure if you're getting whole grain bread is if the first word on the ingredients list contains the word "whole." Breads labeled with the words "multigrain," "stone-ground," "100% wheat," "cracked wheat," "7-grain," or "bran" are usually not whole grain products, and don't offer the same nutrition as whole grain. Remember, too, that "wheat flour" is not the same as whole wheat flour. Studies show that eating whole grains instead of refined grains may lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer. It also helps keep you fuller longer, thanks to its fiber content.

Fun fact

The first bread-slicing machine was invented around 1912 by Iowa native Otto Frederick Rohwedder. By the mid-1930s, U.S. bakeries were selling more sliced than unsliced bread.


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