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Difference Between White Bread and Wheat Bread

White Bread vs Wheat Bread

Bread is a staple food prepared by cooking dough of flour and water and usually using other additional ingredients. Doughs are usually baked, but in some cultures bread can be steamed, fried, or baked on an uncoiled skillet. Bread can be leavened or unleavened. They are widely used ingredients in creating bread are milk, sugar, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and spice.

Bread is usually made from flour wheat dough, cultured using yeast, allowing to rise, and then oven baked. Due to the high gluten levels (which gives the dough’s softness and elasticity), common wheat is the major grain used in the bread preparation but it can also be made out from other flour wheat species like durum and spelt, and maize, barley, rye and oats.

Wheat bread can also be referred to as whole grain bread or whole wheat bread. It, therefore, has more fiber content than white bread. The flour that is being used to make white bread often undergoes bleaching through chemicals such as chlorine dioxide or potassium bromate so that the slight yellow color will be removed and to make the baking properties predictable.

The flour used in white bread, however, also removes nutritive dietary fiber, B vitamins, iron and micronutrients, which is why most health-conscious people prefer to eat wheat bread instead of white bread. This includes riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, as well as iron. The white bread, often preferred by people for its somewhat sweeter taste and finer texture, remains as a vital source of key nutrients to date.

However, naturally there nutritious elements are still superior from those used to fortify the not so healthy products. For example, in order to get the fiber content of one whole wheat bread, one would need to eat 8 pieces of white bread.

High fiber breads, such as wheat breads have been found to reduce the risk of heart attack due to their excellent fiber content. According to studies from the University of Washington, as one shifts from white to whole wheat bread, decreasing the chances of having heart disease turns to 20 percent.

The whole wheat bread’s high fiber content also aids in the proper functioning of the digestive and excretory systems. Many earth protection advocates have also taken to support wheat breads, not white bread. This is because production of wheat bread, as it lacks other processes that white bread needs, is more earth friendly.

How do we determine the real whole wheat bread from other imitations and look-alikes? Just because the bread is brown doesn’t mean it is whole wheat bread. Check out the ingredients as written on the pack and make sure that the first ingredient (which is usually the one with the most quantity), is whole wheat or whole meal flour instead of enriched wheat flour or just wheat flour. The presence of caramel is also an indicator that the bread in front of you is not true brown bread because it has been colored instead. The general rule is, the fewer ingredients in the bread, the more natural it is. The presence of whole meal or whole wheat flour as main ingredient is also a good sign, it should be better both for you and the planet.


· White bread is made from flour containing only the endosperm, while wheat bread uses both the endosperm and the bran.

· Wheat bread has more fiber content as well as other nutritional values compared to white bread.

· Not all brown bread are wheat bread. Some are white bread disguised as wheat bread by coloring it with caramel to make it look brown.

· White bread still cannot compete with the nutritional value of wheat bread.

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  1. Can you comment on the difference between white bread and rye bread ?

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