What Nutrition is
Bread, in both its white and whole wheat form, is considered to be nutritional unless you have had a lifelong relationship with celiac disease.
While white bread is nutritious, it pales in comparison to the nutritional benefits that whole wheat bread can offer an individual, and is precisely the reason why it is preferred choice amongst health-conscious individuals.
Even though these two types of breads are made from wheat berries, whole wheat bread is prepared by using all the nutritious parts, such as the bran, sperm and endosperm, of the wheat berry whereas white bread is only prepared by using the endosperm.
Usually, white bread is processed from 60% extraction bleached white flour – the standard used for most wheat products in the United States. The term ‘60 % extraction’ refers to what remains after 40 % of the original wheat grain, in the form of the sperm and bran, and the most nutrient-rich parts, are removed.
However, in the case of whole wheat bread, they do not use this type of flour, and hence the complete nutritional benefits in wheat are retained in whole wheat bread.
So, what are the nutrients that are available in whole wheat bread?
A greater quantity of vitamin B1, B2, B3 and E, folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, iron, and fiber is what you will benefit from when you opt for whole wheat bread as opposed to white bread.
Of the lot, studies have shown that people who eat whole wheat bread will benefit from the nutrient known as ‘fiber’. In fact, according to a study conducted by Harvard, people who ate whole wheat bread had a lesser chance of heart attacks and strokes while also benefiting
wit digestive health as well.
With the increase in consumption, people were less likely to deal with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, and in which case, were also less likely to have to struggle with Type 2 Diabetes Syndrome and cardiovascular disease. In short, you would lead a healthier and longer life.
Women who watch their weight constantly tend to maintain a healthy body weight if they consume whole instead of refined wheat. But that’s not all - the bran which is used in whole wheat bread is considered to be an effective anti-cancer agent in protecting women from breast cancer, one of the leading causes of deaths amongst women.
While there are several other benefits to eating whole wheat bread, the truth lies in the fact that it is the bran and sperm parts of wheat that actually contribute to most, if not all, of these nutritional benefits.
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