Wheat flour is the most nutritious grain, according to a new research project led by the University of Queensland.
It was the top grain to which people chose to give their money.
The university’s food science research group also found that it was the second-most nutritious grain after rice.
The researchers tested the grains in the food-processing industry, looking at what ingredients people chose in the production process to make bread, biscuits, pasta, crackers, biscuits and breakfast cereals.
They found that wheat flour, which contains all the essential ingredients, was the most popular grain.
It is high in protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc, according the researchers.
But when they compared the grains with the cheapest grain available at the time, barley, it was found to be the most expensive grain.
The cheapest grain was barley, which was the cheapest by a large margin, they found.
The study also found wheat flour is highly nutritious and provides the body with enough energy and vitamins for health.
“In the food chain, it is the cheapest of all the grains that provides a good nutrition and is a good source of energy for humans,” Dr David Anderson, an associate professor at the University’s School of Life Sciences, said.
“It is also the most convenient grain to make.”
The team found that a quarter of the people who gave money to a cereal company were aware they were choosing the cheapest possible grain.
“People often look for the cheapest alternative to the grain they normally eat,” Dr Anderson said.
The scientists also compared the cereal grains with another type of grain, barley.
“We found that the cheapest barley was the least nutritious,” Dr Andersen said.
That is because barley is rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
“The quality of barley is also higher than that of wheat,” he said.
But the researchers found the cheapest cereals, including the cheapest white bread, were more nutritious than the cheapest grains.
“White bread is one of the most widely eaten grains in Australia and there is a high demand for it across Australia,” Dr Turner said.
A survey of Australia’s food market showed that a majority of Australians bought their food at the supermarket, but less than a quarter ate their cereal at home.
The University of New South Wales said people should be aware that cereal is a nutritious grain.
Professor Turner said cereal was rich in vitamins, minerals and vitamins A, B and C. “That means it is a nutrient that is needed in a variety of foods that are good for us,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“If you eat a lot of cereal you get all those nutrients in the form of vitamins, and it’s a good thing to eat.”