Happy Friday? How are you all doing?
First of all, thank you so much for your appreciation and kind words for my last post which was on packaged atta with multigrains. I am glad you agree that it is all such a scam with only 9.1% multigrains in it. If you missed, do read the post here.
In today’s time, our food (packaged as well as fresh produce) has become very specific and dubious, both. Lot of new terms are used to specify the food items. Sometimes, brands are clear in their communication and mostly, they are not. It is up to us to make our choices well aware and filter the information, as per our requirements.
It is one thing to write organic, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, non-GMO, multigrain, wholegrain, raw, unprocessed, fat-free, sugar-free etc on the package and it’s another, to actually be it.
It has become a word-puzzle for us consumers. If it says organic, it might not necessarily be fully organic, pure or something else important. If it’s fat-free, it most likely not free from preservatives. If it’s sugar-free, it might not be low in calories and the list is endless.
What should have been really simple for us has been made so complicated by these gimmicky and dishonest marketing practices!
Anyways, let us talk about two new food concepts. Multigrains are today synonymous with health and healthy. Anything that says ‘multigrains’ ought to be healthy, isn’t it? And why not, a good diet should include various grains to reap maximum benefits. Mixed grains, seeds etc hold significant health benefits and a diet including all this in right amount can do wonders for us.
What exactly is Multigrain? Any product that contains two or more different grains can be called multigrains. Its nutritional value is higher as compared to to a single grain flour such as wheat. Multigrains mostly include wheat, millets, oats and flax etc
And Wholegrain? A grain has three parts; the fibre-rich bran, the nutritious germ and the endosperm, rich in carbs. A few whole grains are – whole wheat, whole oats, brown rice, corn, sorghum, barley, rye, spelt, quinoa etc
Refined grains are mostly grains without their bran and germ.
Did You Know?
That popcorn is a whole grain!! It is high on nutrients and has significant amounts of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Having said that, if its prepared with large amounts of fat, salt and sugar etc, it can also be very unhealthy!
So, before you reach out for a big tub of expensive popcorn at the movie theater…ahem, just for nutrition’s sake, stop!! You want to eat it for taste, good enough…but do know it is smothered in unhealthy fats, artificial flavours and high in salt/sugar thus, also high in calories.
The Bottom Line
It would be wise to know that both the two terms, Multigrain and Wholegrain are independent and not interchangeable. One doesn’t automatically include the other.
So, if you are buying something multigrain, might as well still check if it has whole grains in it. Otherwise it could still be refined flour, just from different grains!
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Till next Friday
Namaste, Health and Peace