Wholemeal vs. White

  • youngkid

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    Dec 19, 2007 8:28 AM GMT
    Is there really a huge difference between eating wholemeal bread and white bread, or is it just a small difference that people seem to be making a huge fuss about?

    I really, really like white bread by the way, so is it worth changing to lose weight?
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    Dec 19, 2007 9:17 AM GMT
    In a word - yes.

    Home Grown Cereals AuthorityThe vitamin and mineral content of bread will depend on the proportion of germ, bran and endosperm present. Wholegrain wheat contains useful amounts of several of the B vitamins including thiamin , riboflavin and niacin and also vitamin E.

    It also contains the minerals potassium, iron, magnesium and zinc as well as trace elements such as selenium. The selenium content of wheat will depend on the amount of selenium in the soil which it is grown.

    Wholegrain products are an important source of dietary fibre - 4 medium slices of wholemeal bread, for example, would provide 7.6g fibre which is 42% of the Recommended Daily Amount (RDA).

    The outer layer of the grain also contain much of the dietary fibre so refined products are not such a good source of fibre. Although foods such as white bread do not contain as much fibre as wholemeal bread they do contain some, 4 medium slices of white bread would contain 2g fibre.

  • GQjock

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    Dec 19, 2007 11:41 AM GMT
    I'll have what he's having ...

    Dutypaid is right white bread is made with highly processed flour which is devoid of almost all nutritional value
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    Dec 19, 2007 3:00 PM GMT
    besides, wholemeal breads have way more flavor than white.
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    Dec 19, 2007 4:36 PM GMT
    Definitely like the flavor of whole wheat over white. And the rest of the benefits are just plain good for ya!
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    Dec 28, 2007 3:53 AM GMT
    When in doubt read the nutrition label and compare the fiber content. Curiously, a serving of M & Ms has as much if not more fiber than a serving of white bread. I always go for the bread with the most nuts, twigs, and bark. YUM!
    Having said that, nothing beats PB & J on soft wonder bread icon_smile.gif
  • Artesin

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    Dec 28, 2007 4:27 AM GMT
    Just watch out for some breads that are made to look like whole wheat. Some are pumped with molasses to mimic the colour of whole wheat bread, then you wanna watch out for the ones that are pumped with high fructose syrup. Curse you americans and your sugar lust /shakeyfist

    As stated in other posts, whole wheat contains more fiber which in turn keeps you feeling full longer so it would be worth switching to lose weight.