Grain Labels Do Not Reflect 'Whole' Truth

Labels on "whole grain" and "whole wheat" products can often be deceiving.
2:16 | 02/07/12

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It is one of the hottest trends of the supermarket the surge of products from cereals to snacks to cost us with labels boasting they are whole grain. To convince you they are Smart and healthy choice but are they really all that different can you trust what's on the label. The center for science in the public interest has been investigating and tomorrow they'll go straight to the FDA would these findings here's ABC's it was definitely me. Multi grain. Whole grain whole wheat tomorrow the center for science in the public interest will demand that the FDA define those terms because right now they have no legal meaning. That's right by -- whole wheat bread must be made with 100% whole wheat flour but any other week product. Could be made with this much white flour. And this little -- And still be labeled whole weeks same goes for whole grain take this old London -- A toast there's actually twice as much white flour. As whole wheat flour in this product. These a go lawful -- made with whole grain but contain more white flowered -- whole -- Ken Jacobson says you can't tell by the beige color either consider these Lance crackers. They -- caramel coloring. Multi grain. Also undefined. -- bigamy insist that it has more than one grain it doesn't mean that the any of them are healthful. Some products bragged that they have at least eight grams of whole grain per serving. Let's serving sizes and vary so some advocates say that can be misleading. This is about the amount of in a serving of possible setting of eight grams. -- just this little tiny amount gets about 17. Whole grain. The FDA has been promising to define whole -- since 1993. But when we contacted the companies some said they followed the existing FDA guidelines such as they are. Others said they continue to look for opportunities to add whole grain so how can you choose wisely nutritionists say if the package -- whole grain double check the ingredient list and make sure whole wheat or another whole grain comes first. Because even if you see the term whole grain use still have to read the whole label. Elizabeth -- ABC news Washington.

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