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White or Wheat Bread? Which is Healthier?

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White or Wheat Bread? Which is healthier and a surprising fact about what some wheat bread may actually be?

I usually go to the grocery store once a week. Each time, I pick up a loaf of bread. However, every time I walk in to the bread isle, I’m faced with, “White or Wheat?” White… Ok, grab the good ole staple, “sandwich style” bread (not the “twist.” I DESPISE the “twist” for some reason.)  But other times, I’ll walk up to the bread and think, “Ok, I’m going to be healthy this week and go for the wheat.”

Now, do I get the wheat bread that looks like they just added caramel color, or get the bread with all of the nuts and seeds on top that has in big bold words, “MORE FIBER,” “Healthy Option!” I all of a sudden feel like I’m faced with a decision that will determine my whole outcome in life. Lol! (Perhaps that’s because I can never make a decision, but that will be a future blog post I’m sure. I need help.)

White or Wheat Bread

Anyway, this morning when I was at the grocery store, in the bread isle of course, I thought, “Ok Jessica, what kind will it be today? The white or the wheat?” Then I asked myself, “Which really IS the healthier option? {None =Less carbs}  Perhaps. But then I realized I already had items in my cart that needed bread to go with it, so it was too late.

White? Mmmmm I do love white bread. (Thank you little devil on my left shoulder telling me to get it and go.)  Then the little angel on my right shoulder said, “But Jessica, you know wheat is the healthier option.” So…. I grabbed the wheat and went to the checkout.

Is Wheat Really Wheat?

However my mind is still running. Is wheat really the healthier option? Once at a popular franchise “sub shop,” the girl behind the counter voluntarily told me, “You know, our wheat bread is just the white bread, with added caramel color.”  WHAT!? You mean all these years of choosing wheat bread here, thinking I was being healthy, I could of had the “white” this whole time. Oh no she didn’t!

Vegetariantimes.com seems to say that “whole wheat” has more of a nutritional benefit, when you look at all of the things that it offers over white. Such as Fiber, Vitamin B6 and E, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, etc. (Read the whole article here: Vegetarian Times)

But I’m still wondering if wheat is even healthy for us too. Like I said earlier, some “wheat” bread in the bread aisle, may just be white bread with added color.

According to an article in “Woman’s Day,” When choosing to go with wheat, it’s a good move to make sure to pick a loaf that has “whole wheat flour” or “100% whole wheat flour” as the first ingredient, and also make sure that it’s the only flour listed!

Weight Loss? Celiac Disease?

But isn’t wheat also known to be bad for people with celiac disease? My mom also gave up “wheat” for two weeks, as a little experiment, and she ended up losing 10 pounds! So I’m wondering… am I really choosing a healthier option for my family when I pick up the brown loaf off of the shelf, instead of the white? I suppose it depends on what lifestyle choice you are choosing to make.

So I’m confused… what’s a mom to do, when faced with an incredible decision in the bread isle at her local grocery store? Lol. What are your thoughts? 

white or wheat bread

12 thoughts on “White or Wheat Bread? Which is Healthier?

  1. I was always told that wheat bread was healthier but personally me and the kids prefer white. Madison loves wheat bread so we buy it for her. My mother wouldn’t buy anything if it wasn’t wheat.

    1. Jessica says:

      I hear ya on the “Mother wouldn’t buy it…” part. Mine is the same way! 🙂

  2. Well, if the ingredients say 100 % whole wheat then you are getting the most fiber and the less processed. I made the switch years ago to 100 % whole wheat, brown rice and whole wheat spaghetti and now their white/processed/enriched flour counterparts taste bland to me! The whole products just have such texture and flavor and are supposedly better for you, not converted so quickly in the body, little fiber scrubbies for the blood and keep you full longer.

    1. Jessica says:

      I LOVE your view on this! Thank you so much for your thoughts. I’m hoping one day I can be like you. I need to convert fully to wheat!

  3. My doctor advocates for whole wheat bread…key word being “whole.” Not just something that claims to be “wheat.” Bummer about the sub shop.

    1. Jessica says:

      Awesome! I will forever look for “whole” wheat in the ingredients now. I can’t wait to get home and see what it says on the load that I bought today! 🙂

  4. Rhonda @wine-y wife says:

    I love wheat bread, but it took time for that love to evolve. If I’m buying bread, I go with 100% whole wheat, and I like the kinds with seeds on top. If I’m making it, I go with a mixture of white and whole wheat flour. I can’t get a loaf of bread to turn out with only wheat flour. If a sub shop is adding color to their bread, makes me wonder about the quality of all their products though. sheesh. At least she told you though 🙂

    1. Jessica says:

      Good for you for loving wheat bread! I need to buckle down and probably go that route. LOL… I know, right? I’m glad she told me! Hmm… that makes me wonder about making my own bread. I’ll be mentioning that to my mom, {who likes to make her own bread} and hers hasn’t been turning out lately, but it may be due to trying to use wheat! Eeeek, I can’t wait to tell her. Maybe her bread machine isn’t actually breaking down. Maybe it’s the type of bread she’s making! Lol! Thanks for the comment!

  5. Michelle says:

    My doctor told me to switch to 100% whole as well. He explained how our bodies have to work harder to process them (in a good way) because they are complex carbs not simple. Like Stephanie, I now enjoy the whole wheat taste more!

    1. Jessica says:

      That’s so interesting! I’m feelin better and better about my choice to buy the wheat bread today! 🙂 thank you for that info!!

  6. 100% whole grain wheat bread, with as few ingredients as possible!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you! That sounds like a great strategy! The bread isle can be so overwhelming! Lol. I’m really going to have to look at all of the ingredients next time on all of the bread!

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