why is whole wheat bread good for you ?why is white bread bad for you?

By berrykins0 Latest Reply 2011-09-21 14:06:05 -0500
Started 2011-09-15 14:58:17 -0500

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spitfirelady 2011-09-21 13:45:36 -0500 Report

After I started investigating different bread products for myself and husband, (he was running high cholesterol)..I found Ezekiel. They have more than one kind of loaf and just have to read their label for your needs. I look for no sugar, low bad fat, and low sodium. That doesn't mean it has to taste bad~ I have since found other breads that are equally good but time and reading labels was a real eye opener for me. Instead of the heading Whole Wheat…I look for "whole grain" insoluble fiber is what fights colon cancer and breast cancer. Both are in our family.
The Symbol is good on the package, but the sugar ingredients play a part in what I look at as well. Someone asked me about white bread and if it was bad..it is not, but not good for diabetics. It is fast to metabolize and leaves little nutrition. some whites are 'enriched' with vit B6, Vit. E, niacin..etc, but "whole grain" has those vitamins. But, Wheat, or whole grains doesn't have Calcium white bread does so needs enriched with it. Filling me up counts, too! and that is what the Fiber filling whole grains gives me as well. I am not hungry after eating a slice of whole grain with my meals…even a little roll with dinner takes care of my fiber needs at dinner.
Really, I find going to a grocery store for things that "fill me up healthy", is an adventure! :)

Sassy Sag
Sassy Sag 2011-09-20 19:58:57 -0500 Report

Well thank you for explaining to me what Ezekiel bread is about. Now I know. Appreciate the information much.

spitfirelady 2011-09-20 10:45:49 -0500 Report

The "whole grain" symbol is what I look for on the package and reading the labels for sugar/carb amounts. Oh, and the FIber count as well!!

Sassy Sag
Sassy Sag 2011-09-18 19:09:47 -0500 Report

They say that Ezekiel Bread is good for Diabetics but I am not sure why.

spitfirelady 2011-09-20 11:10:55 -0500 Report

Whole grains! Sprouted…some varieties have extra nuts, too. Like I was saying to Gabby, I prefer this brand toasted but is delicious this way. Do not like it plain either. Great with peanut butter (low sugar) since it adds even more chunky texture to the chew, but the fiber numbers are good as well..

GabbyPA 2011-09-20 10:05:28 -0500 Report

Actually Ezekiel bread is made with sprouted grains instead of milled grains. It is extremely dense and heavy. I have tried a couple of the varieties, but find it not too much to my liking. It is a great health bread, but I only use bread in sandwiches and I don't care for it.

spitfirelady 2011-09-20 10:43:45 -0500 Report

Gabby, try it toasted! It is delicious toasted. I don't care for it plain, either..but becomes crunchy and chewy toasted. And with peanut butter with one piece of toasted whole grain, is good for lunch with a small apple.

GabbyPA 2011-09-20 10:45:05 -0500 Report

I am just not a bread hound. I don't eat it much. The idea of toasting it for a sandwich might work though...with a little cheese or something. Which one do you like best?

spitfirelady 2011-09-20 11:07:29 -0500 Report

I use Ezekiel (no sugar 14 gm per slice) with 1 tablespoon of Jiffy with low sugar but extra fiber (toasted 1 slice of bread)..for snack at 200 calories, very low sodium, etc…I found new breads put out by Pepperidge Farms: Whole grain Oatmeal with 4 gm fiber, lo sodium, lo fat, no corn syrup and is approved "whole grain" symbol..at 100 cal, and 20 Gm carb/3 gm sugar for one piece and is delicious (and doesn't need toasted)..I do alot of open face sandwiches with veggies on top! I did a check on my blood sugar before lunch and it was 80!! after lunch an hour 120. So looking good! And I can have my grains and not feel starved.

GabbyPA 2011-09-21 13:05:49 -0500 Report

Thanks, I really should try it again. It's just hard to shell out $5 for a loaf of bread. Have you tried to make your own?

spitfirelady 2011-09-21 13:28:46 -0500 Report

yes, and funny you should ask, I brought out my own recipes yesterday. At our inns, i made it quite often..and different breads depending on the needs of our guests. It was really fun but I love bread so, I have to watch how much I keep around here (when homemade), because it is so much better than store bought. :) If you like, I could put a few on to see what you think?!

GabbyPA 2011-09-21 13:35:53 -0500 Report

Sure. I love to make home made bread. The family enjoys it. I just bought a bunch of yeast...a whole bunch. Not really sure what I was thinking. LOL

spitfirelady 2011-09-21 13:53:04 -0500 Report

Will get back to you…when I dig them out and go over them! :) Have not put up recipes online at this site, so will check it out.

jayabee52 2011-09-18 19:46:23 -0500 Report

without going out and researching it, I would expect that it was due to all the whole grains in it. I tried it once (when I was still eating bread) and it didn't seem as sweet as other breads, even whole grain breads. I think it was Ezekiel 9 where that recipe was.

tabby9146 2011-09-17 09:09:06 -0500 Report

I usually eat Nature's Own because it has no high fructose corn syrup, which you have to beware of. I hate how so many "so called" what breads are not 100% whole wheat. many just say wheat on the front but you have to read the ingredients. I like Arnold Dutch Country, but it has too many carbs per slice! There is one that is made by then, that is lower in carbs though.

GabbyPA 2011-09-16 13:27:15 -0500 Report

This is a great article and I like how they explained the difference between the whole wheat berry and the part that is used in white flour. And the key is reading the label, not the marketing name. It is amazing how often you will see a whole wheat bread that is colored brown, not naturally brown. Read the ingredients carefully and look for whole grain, not just whole wheat.

Richknowbody 2011-09-16 10:51:57 -0500 Report

Your link explains part of this.
White bread is made with the starchy endosperm and wheat is made with the endosperm, bran, and the germ.
The endosperm is the starch, so it is going to turn to sugar faster, and will be sweeter.
Also, if you find a good glycemic index list of breads, you can choose one that has a lower glycemic index, so your body will metabolize at a slower rate.
I grind my own flour for my bread.
I try to grind it so it is courser and not really super fine, this way your body will metabolize it slower.

GabbyPA 2011-09-16 13:28:27 -0500 Report

Is there anything you don't make from scratch? Wow. I have a grinder, but I don't buy my own wheat berries. I have ground oats for oat flour, but not done wheat yet. We really need to meet! LOL

Richknowbody 2011-09-17 08:04:08 -0500 Report

My wife teaches first grade, and each year she has them make butter from milk. So that they can see where it comes from.
Another thing she does with her kids you may like is: She has each student bring an apple and she puts them all in the crock pot with cinnamon and makes apple sauce during the day. They eat it at the end of the day, and see where apple sauce comes from.

Richknowbody 2011-09-17 08:19:38 -0500 Report

Just put the whipping cream in a container and shake it and it becomes butter. Pretty simple.
I make a loaf of bread for her and she gives them each a slice and they put their new butter on it. They love it.

sheriden 2011-09-16 00:20:44 -0500 Report

When I took diabetic ED a few months ago I was told it was a slow card so that you get your energy slow and not fast like fruit for example witch is a fast card and can raise your BG.we need both for balance. And you do have to watch what your getting, it needs to say whole grain. Now please pass the chocolate cake lol.

jenugen 2011-09-15 21:28:09 -0500 Report

Not all whole wheat bread is better for you. Don't let the name fool you. Be sure to always check not only carbs but fiber too. Some of them are now making the slices thinner so you can have a whole sandwich!

jayabee52 2011-09-15 21:43:58 -0500 Report

Or the brown (colored) bread which says "wheat" bread. That is deceptive IMO.
I think if the label says "whole wheat" by law a certain % of the flour has to be whole wheat.

I like it they make the thinner hamburger and hot dog buns too.

jayabee52 2011-09-15 21:22:14 -0500 Report

One of the things that I read in the article from Mama's health which slows down the digestion of the bread is the fiber which is in it.

When the mother of my sons and I used to bake our own, we not only used mostly whole wheat flour but we added to that recipe both wheat bran and wheat germ. That bread was SOOOOOOO good we would eat a whole loaf just between the two of us.

Now I avoid bread entirely!

MEGriff1950 2011-09-15 18:22:56 -0500 Report

My sugars do better with a piece of chocolate cake then bread or pasta of any kind. All have basically the same ingredients but cake has more white sugar. Don't get me wrong I am not promoting eating cake.

jenugen 2011-09-15 22:25:03 -0500 Report

everybody knows chocolate is the food of the gods, the darker the better! LOL

Richknowbody 2011-09-17 08:06:03 -0500 Report

I have to agree with you.
Bear claw Ice Cream or Moose tracks by Denali is my favorite ice cream. I love to take my insulin before hand and get my blood sugar lower then eat it. Makes it more delicious.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-20 12:12:42 -0500 Report

I am no longer on insulin but still do better with the cake then bread or pasta. I do not ajust any meds before or after eating.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-20 12:24:52 -0500 Report

I am so glad that I have type 2 and it is now under control. My heart goes out to you that have to do the math in order to eat.

grandmaducky 2011-09-15 15:36:30 -0500 Report

whole wheat doesn't raise my bg as high as white bread and white bread doesn't have anything good in it for my body but than i don't eat much bread anyway lol i do eat a whole wheat bagel at work sometimes just cause it all we have

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