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What is the Difference Between Whole Grain and Whole Wheat?

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Whole Wheat vs Whole Grain


People are often confused when they talk about whole wheat and whole grain. It may be difficult to distinguish between whole grain and whole wheat, because they look very similar. Though one can come across many similarities between whole grain and whole wheat, one can also find many differences between the two.


Whole grain contains the entire grain kernel, which includes the bran, endosperm and germ. However, whole wheat is a refined grain that has lost the bran and germ, and only contains the endosperm.


Whole wheat is obtained by a refining process, where some of the nutrients are lost. On the other hand, whole grain does not go through the refining process, which means that the nutrients are intact.


One of the main differences, is that whole grain has a richer flavor than whole wheat. Another difference that can be seen, is that whole wheat is lighter in texture, and whole grain is denser in texture. Well, whole grain has more nutrients, minerals and fibers than whole wheat.


Both whole grain and whole wheat have many health benefits. Whole grain is considered to be good for diabetic persons as the grain is a good source of carbohydrates. Unlike whole wheat, whole grain is absorbed more easily by the body’s system.


Well, another difference that can be seen, is that whole wheat has a longer shelf life than whole grain.


When comparing the fat content in whole grain to that in whole wheat, the former has a lower fat content. When considering their price, whole grains are slightly higher priced than whole wheat. Moreover, whole grains contain more oil than whole wheat.


Summary:


1. Whole grain is not refined, whereas whole wheat is refined grain.


2. Whole grain contains the entire grain kernel, which includes the bran, endosperm and the germ. On the other hand, whole wheat contains only the endosperm.


3. Whole grain has more nutrients, minerals and fiber than whole wheat.


4. Whole grain has a richer flavor than whole wheat.


5. Whole wheat is lighter in texture, while whole grain is denser in texture.


6. Unlike whole wheat, whole grain is absorbed more easily by the body’s system.


7. Whole grains contain more oil than whole wheat.

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