It's pretty well known these days that white bread is the devil's own food, and will quickly lead one into total physical decline, whilst brown bread is the food of the angels, and brimming with all sorts of dietary goodness. Or so I'm lead to believe!
Seriously, that might be a slight exaggeration, but one always hears about how white bread is a poor choice, that it's processed, and thus not at all ideal as part of a healthy lifestyle. Brown bread, on the other hand, is always extolled as an excellent choice, and an excellent substitute.
Yet, when I read the nutritional info on various packets of both, I find very little difference. Indeed, wholemeal bread generally has significantly more calories per gram, than it's white counterpart.
So, what gives? Is this just another example of certain types of food being foisted upon us as healthy (or healthier), without much to back it up? Or is wholemeal bread really that much better than whire bread?
Brown bread is generally regarded as being better as it contains wholegrain as opposed to white bread which doesn't. Also there is normally more bleaching agents and such in white bread.
Water doesn't contain wholegrain either. Must be bad for us too so...
Seriously, not being flippant, but one can't just say that it's good for us because it contains wholegrain, and leave it at that. What's so good about wholegrain? And if the latter statement is true, then surely it's not white bread that's at fault per se, but rather that white bread that contains bleaching agents etc?
I am not sure when you say brown bread if you mean the packaged stuff in super markets that looks like white but is brown ? I doubt this is much healthier for you. When people talk in health terms they are talking about 100% whole-grain bread. I pretty much always buy this from a bakery.
Quick googled answer which explains much better than I ever could why its healthier.
I'm not saying wholegrain is good or bad for you, I'm just saying this is why most people regard brown bread as being better for you than white bread, because it contains wholegrain.
Basically, white bread is brown bread with most of the good bits taken out
I think they do it so it lasts longer, hence the price of white bread being so cheap in comparison
Lower GI, more fibre?
Yeah it definitely does, but there's not a significant difference as is perceived.
I just tend to avoid bread altogether. And when I do eat it, I'm not bothered whether it's white or brown.
There's more fibre in brown bread and it has more micronutrients than white. White bread pretty much just has calories. There's no food agenda around brown bread, it just is healthier if you associate healthy with more fibrous, more nutritional food. Does that mean you should only eat 'brown' foods, not necessarily but if you don't eat enough fibre, it's probably a good idea along with more fruit and veg.
Can be twice as much fibre in brown as in white. Significant enough.
I'd eat plenty of both, brown and white, just baked white bread is delicious.
If you want to lose weight and/or control your blood sugar brown bread is not much better than white bread. Grains should be avoided so my advice would be to eat NO bread.