Whole Wheat Bread vs. Multigrain Bread: Find Out Which is Healthier

The market is flooded with a wide variety of breads, from multigrain to whole wheat. As such, how do you ensure you choose the healthiest option? To help you make the right choices, fitness blogger Simran Valecha took to Instagram to list the differences between the two.

“The only difference between whole wheat bread and multigrain bread is that the latter is chemically processed,” Valecha informed.

whole wheat bread

*Rich in fiber
*Low glycemic index
* Whole grains – lock in nutrients

Multi-grain

*Contains several grains such as oats, millet, barley.
*Chemically treated to soften the grain

Therefore, Valecha recommended consuming whole grains because of their fiber content – ​​whole wheat bread, oat bread, barley bread, etc.

Which would you prefer? (Source: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

“With multigrain bread, the nutrients are up in the air as it could still be made mostly from white flour. Whole-wheat bread contains nutrients like B vitamins, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, and a good amount of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber,” Valecha said.

Dr Jinal Patel, Dietitian, Apollo Spectra Hospital, Mumbai said indianexpress.com that multigrain bread may contain wheat, barley, cornmeal, oats, buckwheat, flax and millet. “However, multiple can mean one plus one or even 12, and it does not mean that all grains are whole grains. Some can be refined and stripped of their natural nutrients and fiber,” she said.

So what’s better? “Whole wheat bread is healthier than multigrain bread. Because 100% whole wheat bread contains whole grains which contain nutrients like B vitaminsintact iron, zinc, copper, manganese and magnesium in each slice,” Dr Patel said.

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