Is my bread 100% whole grain?

Is my bread 100% whole grain?

Everyone who knows the advantages of bread with whole grain flour and therefore would rather buy whole grain bread, pay attention when buying bread! How do you know what  the bread really contains? Are there any sales tricks you should pay attention to? In today’s blog post we let you know more about this topic.

Bread, which is offered as whole grain bread in shops, does not have to consist of 100% whole grain flour. The minimum content of flour from the whole grain is 90%. The remaining 10% can consist of white flours or of residual bread. [1]

What happens just as often is that bread made from white flour is simply coloured dark. In order to make it “more attractive” for the consumer and even to deceive him that it is “healthier”, the white bread – which has fewer vitamins and minerals than whole grain bread – gets a dark colour. For example, caramel colour is added. Caramel colour is a black food colouring. However, it is not only used in the production of bread. Probably the best known examples are coke drinks.Is my bread 100% whole grain?

So if you want to be sure that you have whole grain bread made from 100% whole grain flour, you should either take a close look at the list of ingredients or ask the seller.

A tip from us: If the bread has a dark colour, but you don’t know the ingredients, then pay attention to the weight! Coloured white bread is much lighter than a real whole grain bread.

And the safest way to make sure that your bread is 100% whole grain is to bake it yourself. After all, you decide yourself which flour you use.

With our Salzburg grain mills you can grind fresh flour at any time!


[1] Koerber, K., Männle, T., Leitzmann, C. (2004): Vollwert-Ernährung : Konzeption einer zeitgemäßen und nachhaltigen Ernährung. Stuttgart: Haug, S. 241