To claim a bread is wholegrain it must contain over 30% wholegrain ingredients based on total-product dry weight and a greater proportion of wholegrain ingredients than refined-grain ingredients. As wholegrain bread contains more wholegrain ingredients, which include all parts of the grain, it is said to be healthier:
- The bran provides fibre, B vitamins, minerals like iron and protein.
- The germ is packed with minerals, B vitamins, vitamin E and other phytochemicals.
- The endosperm contains carbohydrates, proteins and small amounts of B vitamins.Therefore, wholegrain bread contains more nutrients than bread based on refined grains and is considered as healthier.