What is the difference between whole wheat, whole grain and whole meal?

Whole wheat, whole grain and whole meal are all the same thing. Whole meal is commonly used in the United Kingdom (UK) whereas whole wheat and whole grain is commonly used in the United States (USA).

If you are looking for healthy bread, do not just look at the exterior of the bread. Bread that looks brown on the outside does not mean that it is healthy as the colour of bread is affected by the amount of sugar and temperature of the oven. Instead, when looking for healthy bread, look for bread with the name “whole” in it.

Whole grains are good for health as it contains high amount of vitamin B, proteins, antioxidants, fibres and minerals such as potassium and calcium.

To ensure that your bread is really healthy, go for bread that contains whole grain, rye, millets, barley or rolled oats. These high fibre ingredients aid in digestion by enhancing the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon.

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Here is another important aspect you want to take note of when baking with different kinds of flour. The weight of each type of flour could vary so to make life easier for all of us, a list of measurements is available!


All-Purpose Flour:

  • 1 cup = 140 grams
  • 1 cup sifted = 115 grams


Cake Flour:

  • 1 cup = 130 grams
  • 1 cup sifted = 100 grams


Whole Wheat Flour:

  • 1 cup = 150 grams
  • 1 cup sifted = 130 grams

Bread Flour:

  • 1 cup = 160 grams
  • 1 cup sifted = 130 grams

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