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Plant Food shoppers have to learn what is in a box or can to avoid the bad stuff. The fine print under “ingredients” is the place to find what is really in the box. Breads and flour products are a big area that require careful shopping. Read the fine print label on the back. If you have read Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease, you know that processed foods are mostly bad. Whole grain products are good. Also watch for all types of oils added–not good.
Look for “whole grain”: Whole wheat: If you see the term “whole wheat,” that is the only time you are getting whole grain wheat flour. It includes all parts of the grain, including the germ, the endosperm and the bran.
Whole Wheat Bread: This is the only whole grain product that must be made with 100 percent whole wheat flour to be labeled “Whole Wheat bread.”
Wheat bran: A natural source of fiber.
Oat bran: Another natural source of fiber.
Terms that do not mean whole grain:
Wheat flour: This is refined white flour. White flour is missing the germ and the bran.
Enriched white flour: This is refined white flour, with some nutrients added back in.
Unbleached white flour: This is refined white flour.
Bleached wheat flour: White flour.
Wheat bread: Because it’s not called “Whole wheat,” just “wheat, this is almost certainly white bread, with little or no whole grain flour.
Whole grain: Seeing “Whole grain” on food labels doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is mostly whole grain; it may be mostly white flour.
“Made with whole grains: Often these products contain even less whole grain. Check the ingredients list to see if whole wheat flour or another whole grain is the first grain listed in the ingredients list.
Multigrain: This means the food contains more than one type of grain, but it may be all be refined flour, which are not as beneficial to your health. None may be whole grain.
High in Fiber: Many manufacturers add synthetic fiber to their products, or fiber from other sources, so check for ingredients like “maltodextrin” and “inulin,” also known as chicory root fiber, oat hull fiber, oat fiber, wheat fiber and wheat starch. More of the processed food junk.