The healthier pick comes down to one word: whole. A whole grain contains three important parts: bran, germ, and endosperm. The bran is full of fiber and acts like a shield, which protects the inside of the grain. The germ is where most of the key vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants live, and the endosperm is where the carbs and proteins live. Refined grains (like white bread) are stripped of most of the bran and some of the germ, leaving it, well, less than whole and lacking all those key nutrients.
Multigrain breads may be better than refined varieties, but they’re often not healthy as they sound. Why? All the “multi” means is that the bread contains many different grains, like rye, barley or millet, but (here’s the kicker) those grains may not necessarily be whole.
Here’s how to pick the healthiest loaf in the bread aisle: