How can you tell if a product is really a whole-grain food? Stick to the ingredient list for the answer, and find 37 common products here and see if they pass our whole-grain test.
NO: Barley has a particularly tough hull or bran, and is removed in the pearling process for quicker cooking. Though extremely healthy and full of fiber, when barley is “pearled” it can no longer claim itself as a whole grain, as most of the bran has been striped from the grain. While still an excellent grain choice, pearl barley is not a true whole grain.