Is Cream of Wheat considered a whole grain or has it been processed?
Asked by vmitch on May 09, 2008 in Nutrition



Can Cream of Wheat be used as a starchy carbohydrate, or has it been processed and is therefore considered a "white food"?


Answer

Cream of Wheat is neither a whole grain nor a highly processed food. It is made from wheat taken from the “first break rolls” when the kernel is chopped into large fragments and passed through a course sieve. White flour, on the other hand, is rolled five more times and passed through a fine sieve. And so, Cream of Wheat, invented in 1893, is just a bit processed. One serving supplies nearly 50% of the iron and 20% of the calcium you need in one day. I would not group it with empty-calorie white foods.


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