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Should you eat it? Wheat Bread

March 28th, 2010 | no comments

No, choose whole wheat bread instead.  Yes there is a difference.  A common misconception is that wheat bread is healthier than white bread.  The truth is they are equal.  They are both made from refined grains and do not contain the entire grain kernel.  The kernel is made up of the bran, endosperm, and germ.

When you look at the nutrition label on a whole grain product, the first ingredient will read:  whole grain, whole oat, whole rye, whole wheat, oatmeal, whole cornmeal, stoneground whole grain, wheat berries or brown rice.  A true “whole grain” product contains the entire grain kernel and therefore carries the following health benefits:

  • reduced risk of stroke
  • reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
  • reduced risk of heart disease
  • better weight maintenance

If you aren’t sure whether a product is in fact whole grain, check the Whole Grains Council website.  It has a data base of hundreds of whole grain products:  www.wholegrainscouncil.org/find-whole-grains/stamped-products

The next time you order a sandwich from Subway and they ask  “white or wheat?”, request whole wheat and know that you are making at least one good decision for your body!

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