Don’t be fooled. The label on a loaf of bread may say ‘wheat,’ ‘rye’ or ‘pumpernickel,’ but it’s probably not 100 percent of the grain in question. In fact, most of what you eat is bleached flour that’s been dyed with carmel color or molasses. You think you’re eating a nutritious food, but it’s really colored white bread. A whole grain contains all the fiber and the germ, which is rich in nutrients.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (72:899-800; 2000) states, ‘Total grain consumption in the United States makes up 32 percent of energy intake, but whole grain makes up only 1 percent. This isn’t because we don’t like whole grains; it’s because we think we’re already eating them; i.e., we’re being deceived.’