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  • Hmm, I love the smell and taste of fresh baked bread in the morning.

  • If only we could eat bread all day.

  • Well, meanwhile, let's learn about it.

  • White bread and whole wheat bread are made from the same grain: wheat.

  • Wheat is a cereal grain.

  • The difference between these products is due to the difference between whole grain and refined grain.

  • So, how are they different?

  • Whole grains have three parts: endosperm, bran, and germ.

  • During the process of making white bread, bran and germ are removed from the grain, leaving onlyndosperm.

  • Whole grain products have all three.

  • This happens in other foods, too, like rice and oats.

  • But why are the bran and germ removed from the grain in the first place?

  • Well, germ removal extends the shelf-life of a product.

  • Bran removal gives the white color and provides a fluffier texture.

  • In addition, refined grains cook more quickly than whole grains.

  • So, how do the three parts of the grain contribute to our body?

  • The endosperm is mostly carbohydrates.

  • During the process of digestion, our body breaks down carbs into glucose, a sugar which is absorbed into our bloodstream and is an important energy source for our cells and organs.

  • Bran contains significant quantities of protein, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Germ is also a terrific source of nutrients such as Vitamin E, protein, magnesium, and more.

  • Bran and germ are both rich in fiber.

  • One type is insoluble fiber, which doesn't dissolve in water.

  • As a result, it passes through the body undamaged, bulks up food, and helps it easily move through our digestive system, reducing constipation.

  • The second type is soluble fiber, which dissolves in water and slows the movement of food through our digestive system.

  • As the breakdown of glucose is slower, it takes longer for glucose to enter our bloodstream, helping our body manage and stabilize our blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

  • Refined grains like white bread or white rice lack bran and germ and therefore lack all fiber benefits.

  • Sometimes, manufacturers will add nutrients and fiber into white breads during their production.

  • To conclude, refined and whole grains both provide us with energy.

  • In addition, whole grains are rich in nutrients, and fiber helps our digestive system work properly and stabilizes our blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

  • Did you know?

  • When shopping, if a product is described as whole grain, whole wheat, or brown rice, it's probably a whole grain.

  • However if it says enriched or colored, it's probably not.

Hmm, I love the smell and taste of fresh baked bread in the morning.

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White Bread Vs Whole Wheat (Grain): Whats healthier?, Whats the difference?

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    CÅthy Chungchung posted on 2015/12/05
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