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      Multi-grain vs. whole grain

      Monday morning's Get Fit, Get Healthy Tri-States tip comes from a viewer question.

      Teresa asked, "We all know that whole grain is the best, but, is multi-grain worth anything or is it any better than regular things?"

      KHQA's Rajah Maples asked that question to two sources.

      Cheryl Loatsch at Cheryl Loatsch Studio says if you're buying from a scratch bakery, talk to the baker to find out what types of flours and percentage of each is in their multi-grain products.

      She says there are many women who can not fully digest "whole grain" products and suffer from gut issues and constipation.

      Loatsch says some multi-grain products have value, but you MUST read labels.

      I also received advice from Susan Burke March, author of "Making Weight Control Second Nature: Living Thin Naturally."

      If you don't have any issues with whole grain products, March says to look for "100% whole grain" on the label.

      That way you're getting all of the good nutrition from that grain's kernel.

      March says be sure the first ingredient is "100% whole," either wheat or other grain.

      Have a question about getting healthier in the Tri-States? Email Rajah at