It can be nearly impossible when you are trying to figure out if carbs are good or bad for you and since carbs = life I wanted to talk about one of my all time favourites! BREAD! MMMM.
More specifically, white bread vs. brown bread as they are NOT created equal and for years now white bread has taken a pounding.
What better way to get to the bottom of this than to put white bread and brown bread next to each other and compare them?
Whole wheat/grain/meal is GENERALLY much higher in fiber, vitamins B6, magnesium, zinc and folic acid. Out of all of these, the fiber being the big one.
White bread - Made up of mostly refined flour. SO? Well, when flour is refined, it loses most of its nutrients. You guessed it, fibre! Without that added fiber, your body digests the white bread fairly quickly and your blood sugars rise. A number of the popular white breads on the market also usually contain added sugars & high fructose corn syrup which do not belong in your bread and are not ideal.
Okay, now it has been explained why white bread has been demonized for the last few years - BUT, does that mean "Whole wheat" bread is winner winner chicken dinner?
From a nutritional standpoint when you compare them, yeah. Whole wheat wins. What this doesn't mean though is that "whole wheat" bread is the healthiest thing in the world and you should eat endless amounts of it.
Scary fact: A certain type of "brown" bread is actually mostly WHITE bread, but with caramel food colouring added. Sneaky.
In most cases, go for the brown bread or whole wheat bread containing more fiber and vitamins but BOTH pieces of breads with the right plan are totally okay!
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