Watch Out for the Tricky Labels on English Muffins

Thomas’ rules the English muffin aisle. But don’t be conned by its tricky labels.

The company knows that whole grains are in. They’re richer in unprocessed fiber, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and vitamins E and B-6, and they may lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.

So Thomas’ makes some of its English muffins sound whole-grainier than they are. Here’s what the names really mean:

  • Original Made With Whole Grain. “Made with whole grain” is code for “made with very little whole grain.” They’ve got more white flour and water than whole wheat flour.
  • Multi Grain. “Multi grain” also means more white than whole wheat flour. And they’ve got more salt than rye, corn, brown rice, oats, triticale, barley, or millet.
  • 100% Whole Wheat. Finally! At least they’re whole grain. But the 220 mg of sodium isn’t good or necessary.

Food for Life Whole Wheat English Muffins

You’re better off with 100% whole wheat English muffins from Nature’s Own, Pepperidge Farm, Trader Joe’s, or Whole Foods. All keep a lid on calories (120 to 140) and sodium (200 mg or less) without skimping on taste.

Or check the freezer case for Food For Life Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain or Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins. Their nutty, sprouted-grain texture makes them well worth the 160 calories. (The Nutrition Facts label gives calories, sodium, etc., for half a muffin. Seriously?)

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3 Replies to “Watch Out for the Tricky Labels on English Muffins”

  1. as with any bread product the first criteria is 100% whole wheat, without that it is probably not worth purchasing; after that look at the sodium content

  2. Vermont Bread Bakery makes excellent quality english muffins…obtainable in white, whole wheat, multi-grain, I think in raisin… and organic…. better texture than Trader Joe’s.

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