Many of the following labels on a food product might seem to convey a perception of “whole grains”, but that might not always be the case.

> “MULTIGRAIN” products are not necessarily whole grain. The term refers to products made using a mixture of grains. It could mean that the product uses various types of flour, like the refined wheat and barley flours that are often used to make muffins, or that the item incorporates whole-grain ingredients, like whole-grain rice and quinoa that are added to a salad.

> “STONE-GROUND” grains are crushed and ground between two stones. This type of milling is used usually to produce flour, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the product is a whole grain.

> “MADE WITH WHOLE GRAINS” products have at least some whole grains as part of their ingredients, but the actual amount might be small.

How to Know if Whole Grains are Present in a Food Product

> Look for products with “whole grain” as their first or second ingredient in the ingredients list.

> Choose foods that include the word “whole” or “whole grain” in their ingredients, like “whole wheat flour”.

> Don’t be fooled by the product’s colour. Just because a bread is brown doesn’t mean it’s whole grain.

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