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Identifying wholegrain

What to look out for on your shopping trips.

Identifying wholegrain - a simple rule of thumb

If a product's packaging, ingredients list or name mentions 'whole' before a grain (e.g. 'whole wheat'), then it contains wholegrains.


Wholegrains list - to help when shopping

There are some exceptions to the above rule as 'oats', 'brown pasta' and 'wild rice' are all wholegrains but don't mention the word 'whole', so for a bit of extra help,  here's a useful list of wholegrains to look out for:

  • Oatmeal
  • Oats
  • Whole oats
  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Red rice
  • Wholegrain rice
  • Brown pasta
  • Whole teff
  • Wholemeal flour
  • Whole wheat
  • Wholegrain wheat
  • Cracked wheat
  • Rye
  • Malted rye
  • Whole maize
  • Popcorn
  • Whole barley
  • Hulled barley
  • Whole quinoa
  • Whole millet
  • Whole wheat cous cous
  • Whole spelt
  • Whole buckwheat
  • Whole amaranth
  • Whole triticale
  • Whole sorghum


Extra tips - to ensure you're getting the real deal

  • Always check the ingredients list, as even though a product may look the part, it might not contain wholegrain
  • Choose products rich in wholegrain by picking those that have wholegrains at the top of the ingredients list, as key ingredients are listed first
  • Small changes make a big difference so even choosing more foods containing smaller amounts of wholegrain can make a significant contribution to improving your total wholegrain intake