When you look at a food label, it is easy to be persuaded to think a food product is healthy, when it really isn’t. For example, many grains on the grocery shelves might sound healthy, but are really not so nutritious. Terms on a label that do not mean anything when it comes to grains include:
- cracked wheat
- sprouted wheat
- with whole wheat
The only reliable label is when you read the ingredients on the back of the product and on the ingredients list is stated “100% whole wheat or whole grain.” Unless a bread or cereal says 100% on the ingredient list, do not believe anything on the front label. Always turn the package over and look at the nutritional panel and ingredient list on the back before even looking at the front! Look for 5 grams of fiber per serving for cereals and 2 grams per slice of bread or serving of rice, pasta, and any other packaged grain.
Your daily goal is at least 30 grams of fiber from whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes!