Is there really a difference between the two or is it all just a marketing ploy to sell more 'variety.'

When looking on store shelves you are presented with an overwhelming amount of choices. If you are like me, the word 'Grain' can be a keyword to look out for if you are trying to eat healthier.  The two most common terms with Grains are Whole Grain and Multigrain, but do you know the difference between the two? Is one healthier than the other? Is there a difference between the two? Do I even care about this question? It may surprise you but this is actually a simple answer...

Whole Grain aloneWhole Grain: The term Whole Grain simply means that they use the entire grain kernel, bran, germ and endosperm as shown in the picture.

MultiGrain: Contains more than one type of grain. (It is important to note that these grains may or may not be whole grains)

Is One Healthier Than the Other?
The first thing to know before addressing this is that whole grains are healthy for you. (We'll go into this in more depth in a future blog post) 'Processed' grains are what are usually found on store shelves. The bran, germ and other nutrients are removed while preservatives have been added. By eating a whole grain, you are getting the entire grain and all the benefits from it, without removing the bran, germ, and other nutrients.

However, if something is multigrain, it may include many whole grains or it may include many processed grains. Simply put, while multigrain may sound good, it actually depends what type of grains are included, processed or whole.

If you want to learn more regarding whole grains vs multigrains, then you can read this short explanation by the Mayo Clinic. Or check out Megan Gordon's blog, TheKitchn, where she tackles this issue. Megan recommends reading labels carefully, which is smart, but remember that one easy way to get more whole grains into your diet is to grind them yourself. Don't get scared, this is much easier than people think. You can even read Lisa Leake's (100 Days of Real Food) post about how she thought grinding your own wheat was crazy here.