If you feel confused when it comes to reading nutrition labels, you’re not alone. Breads are a product that has a wide range of seemingly healthy claims on their package. But what do these claims mean?
100% whole grains – the only label that means 100% of the grains used are whole grains, the product contains no refined flour.
High fiber/excellent source of fiber – contains at least 20% (5 grams) of your daily fiber requirement.
Good source of fiber – contains 10-19% (2.5-5 grams) of the daily fiber requirement.
Organic – at least 95% of the ingredients are certified organic (don’t use pesticides or other chemicals).
Whole grain/whole wheat – at least 51% of the grains are whole grains by weight.
Made with whole grains – the product contains some whole grains, but is likely not 100% whole grain.
Multigrain – made with more than one type of grain but they might be refined.
Refined – processed grain containing just the endosperm for a finer texture and extended shelf life. Most fiber is removed.
Enriched – Some of the nutrients that were removed during processing are added back into the product.
Gluten free – food contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten.
The most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that all adults eat a least half of their grains as whole grains. We recommend looking for 100% Whole Wheat/Whole Grain bread most often.