As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in the food labeling misconceptions #1 post, many people believe that if something has a healthy buzzword on the label, it is automatically considered a healthy food. This is not always the case.
A growing number of products from bread to potato chips to cereal to crackers proudly proclaim themselves to be “multigrain.” While this may appear to be a synonym for “whole grain” or “whole wheat” – which is digested slower and has a number of health benefits that refined grains do not – a synonym it is not. All multigrain means is that the food is made from several grains, which may be whole or may be refined. Labels such as “12 grain” and “made with” whole wheat can be equally deceptive as well. To make sure the food is rich in whole grains, check the ingredients. Each grain listed should contain the word “whole.” Period.
Take Kellogg’s Special K Multi-Grain Crackers. The product does contain whole grains including whole-wheat flour and whole oat flour, but it also includes refined rice flour, refined wheat flour and a number of not so healthy ingredients including soybean oil, modified corn and potato starch, maltodextrin and the preservative, BHT (butylhydroxytoluene). Is it me or does this negate the qualities of the whole grains present (which besides whole wheat and oats, there aren’t any)…