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Old 10-23-05, 08:17 PM
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Advantages of multi-grain over single grains?

I eat a lot of oatmeal, which I love but I was at the co-op the other day and I ran across this hot cereal-http://www.bobsredmill.com/catalog/index.php?action=showdetails&product_ID=2
It is a 10 grain hot cereal that you can microwave. It is pretty good, pretty filling. So I looked at the nutritional label, and it isn't in terms of nutritional content that different from ordinary everyday oatmeal. I like multi-grain bread more than whole wheat, and of course whole wheat over white, but I have never had a solid explination for multi-grain instead of just whole wheat, or just oatmeal given. So is there any sound nutritional reason, or is it just common knowledge or something?
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I am feeling lazy so someone will have to fact check me on the actual numbers, but its important to remember that:
a label that says multigrain actually is only required to have somehting like 7% whole grains (basically might as well be eating white)
a label saying whole grain i think is around 60%
and only those that have 100% in front are truly whole grains.

this is the way i think about the wholegrain v. processed like white:
if you have a large amount of whole grain food and eat it, your body has to go through a long process of breaking it down (like is natural and its supposed to do). But when you have heavily processed food, the machines are doing that "breaking down" for you so when it hits your stomach, you skip half the steps and metabolize it really quickly. So while i have read many many differing opinions, the benefits people claim are: feeling fuller longer, having longer lasting energy, more efficient system (in the sense that its not out of practice), and usually less sugar, more nutrients, and the most important factor: more fiber. (and thus less risk of disease, diabetes etc)

funny thing is - the 10 grain microwavable cereal is probably less "whole" than real oatmeal. old fashioned oatmeal usually is considered whole grain, while instant oatmeal is not.

there was just a study done (and once again i am lazy so i dont feel like finding it) that reported that people were more likely to think they were being "healthy" when markerters put words like "multigran" or "organic" or "light"
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Marketing aside, which actually is very interesting consumer psychology, why is instant oatmeal not considered whole grain?
The 10 grain cereal is microwavable, but it is not instant. You have to microwave it for almost 4.5 minutes. The ingredients are Milled Wheat, Rye, Triticale, Oats, Oat Bran, Corn, Barley, Soya Beans, Brown Rice, Millet, Flax Seeds.
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oh, this isn't a whisky thread?
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hmmm, then it probably is a little more "whole" than normal instant oatmeal. The "milled" and brown rice, and flax seed would signal to me that its not fully "whole" - but at somepoint you gotta draw a line and say close enough and many of those things have their own benefits (like flax seed is super trendy right now for all sorts of things, from skin to anti-agin to muscles)

wow that cereal sounds really good. How much/many fiber/calories?
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Nutritional info here. This is good stuff, I have it every morning.
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Since the temps dropped I've been eating mostly hot cereals & experimenting with different combinations. Hodgson Mills markets some great tasing hot cereals including Oat Bran, multigrain, ect. If you shop at a co-op/natural foods store you can make up your own from all the different grains & save quite a bit over buying the boxed mixes. Bulgar(cracked wheat) adds a nice flavor & I usually throw in some extra milled flax seed for the Omega 3. I bake all our bread so I'm always playing around with different combinations of grains & seeds to come up with a loaf that makes killer sandwiches & toast.
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Originally Posted by tekhna
I like multi-grain bread more than whole wheat, and of course whole wheat over white, but I have never had a solid explination for multi-grain instead of just whole wheat, or just oatmeal given. So is there any sound nutritional reason, or is it just common knowledge or something?
Variety is the spice of life. Different grains have different nutrient profiles -- down in the micronutrients especially, which might not be reflected on your Nutrition Facts panel. They treat your body differently, have slightly varying amino acid profiles to their proteins, etc.

Plus it has a different mouthfeel from oats. Gets you out of a rut.

Just like getting a colorful variety of veggies, getting a wide variety of whole grains is just part of having a well-rounded diet. (And whole doesn't mean "intact". Just that all the parts are there, all the bran and germ and good stuff like that.)
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Originally Posted by superdex
oh, this isn't a whisky thread?

That would be "single Malt", not single grain. But in my cupboard there is only single malt AND single grain whisky.

Bourbon is multi-grain, but can be single malt or blended. (51% corn)

Canadian is always multi-grain, blended malt, with flavorings added.
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Originally Posted by uberleet
Nutritional info here. This is good stuff, I have it every morning.

Funny Math: 2.5g fat, 6g. protein, 35g. carbohydrates in 40g serving.
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