A guide to your bread pick – Multigrain Bread vs Whole Wheat Bread
At a glance, it may seem that all loaves of bread are the same. However, they are actually quite different. Each type of bread differs in nutritional value based on its ingredients.
Visiting a bread aisle or a bakery can be overwhelming as it has a number of options to choose from. You can choose from dozens of bread in a grocery store, ranging from multigrain loaves to whole wheat slices.
But when you’re trying to choose delicious, satisfying and healthy bread, it can get confusing with so many considerable options available.
Although all loaves have the same tint of brown, earthy taste, there are essential differences between multigrain and whole wheat bread.
Let’s explore the variety of bread types and what are their nutritional values, so you can select a product you feel good about –
Bread can be a quick nutritious part of any diet. Made from either various (multi) or whole grains, bread offers different levels of nutritional and health value.
Whole wheat bread is made up of an entire grain of wheat and contains all of its nutritious parts.
Whereas, multigrain bread is made up of various types of grain (that may or may not be whole). For example, multigrain bread may be made up of grains such as wheat, barley, flax and oats.
At times, seeds such as sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds are also included in multigrain bread. The term “multigrain” simply means there are several grains in the bread that may or may not be whole in nature.
Among the most popular types of bread, whole wheat and multigrain bread are the most popular. However, the flavours and textures may vary depending on the manufacturer. Here’s a little information about each kind and what makes them unique from each other –
Whole wheat – Whole wheat bread has a typically soft, moist texture and nutty flavour with a hint of sweetness. Whole wheat bread can be paired well with sandwich fillings, including peanut butter and jelly or melted cheese. On an average one slice (46 grams) of whole grain bread contains: 110 calories, 4 grams protein, 0.5 grams fat, 23 grams carb, 4 grams fibre.
Multigrain – Since multigrain bread includes a range of grains, it has an earthy flavour and a texture similar to whole wheat bread. Multigrain bread alike whole wheat bread might also have a slightly sweet taste to it. Multigrain bread can be paired well with any sandwich filling. However, fillings like pickles or mustard can help balance its sweet and earthy flavour. One slice of multigrain bread has 45 calories.
Now, as we know about the differences between whole wheat, and multigrain bread, let’s explore the process of bread making.
While there are various ways to consume or include whole grains in your diet, bread involves eating grains in their ground form. The process of bread making makes it easier to chew, digest and enjoy all the health benefits of whole grains.
Generally, any loaf of bread is made with flour, water and yeast. Water can be replaced with milk to knead the flour into the dough. Next, the yeast is added to make the dough rise, making the dough soft and fluffy.
The dough is then divided into balls, shaped into loaves and baked.
However, the type of flour used as the base ingredient determines whether bread has whole grains in it or not.
A loaf of bread might claim to be whole wheat, however, a “whole wheat” label on bread does not mean that it is entirely whole. It could be possible that it is made out of refined flour.
Here are a few things you should check for while buying your loaf of bread –
For a loaf of nutritious bread, the first ingredient should include the word “whole”. Thus, make sure that the ingredient list shows you exactly what you’re about to buy
Look for these words in the ingredient list –
However, don’t mistake these following words for whole grain –
When buying your packet of bread, make sure to check the nutrition facts. According to experts, each slice of bread must have at least three grams of fibre. Consuming fibre-rich bread can help you meet your daily requirements. Fibre is highly beneficial for our bodies. From lowering cholesterol levels to helping your body remove waste, fibres may also decrease your risk of developing cancer and heart diseases. On average an adult should consume between 21 and 38 grams of fibre each day.
Here are a few health benefits of consuming bread –
At Preet Ki Rasoi we have both Whole Wheat and Multigrain Wheat Bread to help you make your pick.
Here is a detailed list of ingredients used along with the price –
Whole Wheat Bread -400g
Our Whole Wheat bread is made with – whole wheat flour, salt, sulphur-free sugar, yeast, milk, R.O water, and sunflower oil with no added colours, or preservatives.
Multigrain Wheat Bread - 400g
We knead our dough of Multigrain Wheat Bread with – whole wheat flour, salt, sulphur-free sugar, yeast, milk, R.O water, multigrain (flax, sesame, crushed wheat, oat flakes, crushed sunflower seeds etc), sunflower oil with no added colours, preservatives or any kind of hydrogenated fats.
You can also find it in the “The Bakery” section of our website.
No, multigrain bread and whole-grain bread are different. Multigrain bread contains several different types of grain, and these grains may or may not be whole grains. Whole grain bread contains the whole part of a grain.
Whole wheat bread is whole grain because it contains all parts of whole wheat.
Multigrain bread contains white flour and includes grains, which provide the fibre that is good for your digestive health. It also has a lower glycemic index than white bread.
However, the quality of grain i.e. whether whole or not determines the nutritional value of the bread. When made from whole grain, multigrain bread is the healthiest. It can lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. And thus, not all multigrain bread is a whole grain. If the ingredient shows that the ingredient is wheat flour rather than whole wheat flour, then the bread does not contain whole grains.
Whole wheat bread always contains whole wheat grain. But, the nutritional value of multigrain bread depends on the type of grain. Since whole wheat bread contains whole grain, it is enriched with nutrients such as copper, iron, zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, fibre, protein, manganese and B vitamins. This makes whole wheat bread a nutritious and balanced option for your diet.
Multigrain bread does contain fibre, however, it doesn’t contain as much fibre as whole-grain bread. But, the fibre content in multigrain bread is higher than white bread. Besides, if multigrain bread is made up of whole grains, the fibre content is greater and the bread is highly nutritious.