Eating Well As You Get Older

Frequently Asked Questions

11. How do I know if a food is whole grain?

When you buy a grain food such as cereal or bread, check the ingredient list on the package to see that the main ingredients include a whole grain. Look for "whole wheat" or "whole oats" rather than just "wheat" or "oats."

Other whole grains include whole rye, whole-grain corn, bulgur wheat, graham flour, oatmeal, brown rice, and wild rice. Products labeled "multi-grain," "stone-ground," "100% wheat," "cracked wheat," "seven-grain," and "bran" are not always whole-grain foods. You can compare the fiber content in the Nutrition Facts label on packages of bread and other grain products to help identify the best choices.