Is There a Difference Between Whole Wheat and Whole Grain Bread?

Is There a Difference Between Whole Wheat and Whole Grain Bread?

When you’re strolling through the bakery trying to find the perfect bread for brunch, it’s tough to tell the difference with all the whole grain, whole wheat, and multigrain options at your disposal.

They all claim to be healthy, so what to choose? Whole wheat and whole grain breads are indeed similar, but they’re not the same.


Whole wheat bread is comprised of wheat kernels that contain three components – bran, germ, and endosperm of the kernel. In most white and wheat breads, the bran and germ are filtered out. With all three elements in tact in whole wheat bread, it’s a more nutritious option and takes longer for our bodies to digest.

Whole grain bread also contains the full wheat kernel, in addition to other grains like oats, brown rice, or barley. Whole wheat bread is simply a type of whole grain bread. Whole grain bread is also rich in essential nutrients, including fibre, protein, and vitamin B. The bread has been linked to decreased risk of chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer in man studies.

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As long as that loaf is 100 per cent whole grains, feel free to choose between whole wheat and whole grain breads. They both offer important nutrients that have been stripped from their alternatives.

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