Select “100% whole-wheat” or “100% whole grain” – Check for the word “whole” and check for the percentage when selecting grain products.
The Problem With Reading Ingredient Labels
I often found myself the cause of congestion in the bread isle at the grocery store. Other shoppers are doing pirouettes the get around me, and a fellow busy mom politely nudges herself in front of me to grab and go… as her three children cry hysterically <– she’s got to get out of there… fast.
Hi! —> I Can relate 🙂 <—-
It’s the worst traffic jam ever, and I’m the cause. So embarrassing. But in my defense, they make those isles so narrow anyway.. it’s a recipe for disaster.
Anyway… I’m standing in the bread isle for so long because it takes that long to read the label! Maybe if all pre-packaged food was simply made with ingredients I can understand and read, we wouldn’t have this issue.
Obviously none of the chaos described above is my fault, but in an effort to prevent future jams on the bread isle – I’ve put together a guide so that you can quickly select grain products while grocery shopping… and lets be honest… no one wants to spend an hour reading labels!
Grain Products: What to Look For
Look For: 100% whole-wheat or whole-grain products made with minimal ingredients. For ex:
- Quinoa & other sprouted grains
- Brown & Wild Rice
- 100% Whole grain breads, pastas, & tortillas
- Corn – yes.. technically corn is a grain. But only look for corn products that are made with the entire corn kernel (100% whole grain corn or cornmeal).
- Oats, including oatmeal. Almost all oats are made with their entire grain
- Any item with: All purpose white flour, enriched flour, or bleached flour
- Any item with preservatives and additives.
- Often a label reading “whole-wheat” contains only PARTIAL whole-wheat ingredients (it may be a combination of whole wheat and processed white flour); Instead… select “100% whole-wheat” or “100% whole grain” – Check for the word “whole” and check for the percentage.
- The terms “multi-grain” OR “wheat” may mislead you in the grocery store – in this circumstance the product may not have been made using the entire (WHOLE) wheat or grain kernel (foods made using the entire kernel have higher a nutritional value);
- Whole-Grains are made with grains other than wheat (such as oats or barley); whole-wheat flour is technically a “whole-grain” flour… it’s made with only one grain (wheat). Whole-grain foods are made with multiple whole-grain kernels.
Food For Life’s Ezekiel 4:9 Bread is made with only sprouted grains, and can be found in the refrigerator isle. Often grains found in the refrigerator isle are a good bet… they’re in there for a reason! —> to keep them fresh, because they aren’t loaded with preservatives.
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