If you’ve found yourself surfing the web for a great homemade bread recipe, chances are you’ve come across the terms ‘whole grain’ and ‘whole wheat’. Knowing the difference between the two is important, especially when you’re looking for the healthiest option.
First and foremost, whole grains and whole wheat have one important thing in common, they both contain grains that are ‘whole’, or, fully intact. That means you get the maximum health benefits that come with every part of the grain! With that said, there are still a few differences that are key to understand when choosing your type of ingredient.
-Whole grains contain the full kernel of wheat, as well as many other delicious whole grains like oats, flaxseed, barley or brown rice. Whole wheat simply means it is a single type of whole grain.
-Whole wheat essentially means that the kernels still contain all three elements—the endosperm, bran and germ in the kernel. In many processed wheat and white flours, the germ and brand are stripped and filtered out. Keeping all three parts of the kernel means the flour is more wholesome and nutritious!
Which One is Best?
Whole grain can be more nutritious and delicious depending on what it contains. Typically whole grain recipes call for whole wheat as well as several other types of grains. The abundance of variety is not only a tasty choice, but it is also a healthy choice too. Ultimately, which type of ingredient you use is up to you, if it contains anything that’s ‘whole’, you can’t go wrong!
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