The tussle between the brown and white continues and this time it is all about bread. Bread is the most commonly used bakery item and you can find it almost in every house. Let it be sandwiches, bread pizzas, bread omelette, toast, bread butter, etc. This highly accessible and cheap option is your way to go. So, this is highly important to know about them, let’s start : Brown bread vs White bread
It is true that whole wheat stuff is always better than processed ones and has many nutritional values. But, the trap of “ 100% whole wheat” on the front label can make you pick the wrong one, but knowing what to look for can prevent you from falling victim to clever product marketing. Let’s go beyond the front labels and take a reality check.
- LOVE THE WAY THEY LOOK: The physical appearance can fool someone very easily, and the risk increases when they are topped with clever front claims. All types of bread are made from wheat flour. Wheat grain has three sections: the husk or bran layer, the core or endosperm, and the rest of the wheat grain that incorporates germ. White bread is highly processed and mainly contains starch, and lacks most of the nutrients that are found in brown bread. The brown color doesn’t make the brown bread healthier if the ingredients used aren’t healthy.
- LOTS OF PROTEIN: Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. A diet rich in protein can help one to build a lean muscle mass and maintain a healthy weight. Brown bread has a good amount of protein as compared to white bread. In this case, brown bread has 9.6 g of protein, and white has 7.7 g. The difference between the two isn’t that much but ingredients are the king here. So, go through the ingredient list properly and choose accordingly.
- CARBS CAN BE YOUR BESTFRIEND TOO: Carbohydrates are the body’s source of energy and preferred by athletes as an instant source of energy. Brown bread has about 47 g of carbohydrates whereas white bread has 51 g. So, the one who refers a low carb diet can opt for brown bread, mostly the people following a low carb high-fat diet(keto-diet). One can choose according to their carb preferences.
- HEALTHY FATS ARE ALL YOU NEED: Fat doesn’t make you fat and can be your diet companion(without harming your healthy weight). Fats are essential for cell growth and help the body to absorb some nutrients and produce important hormones too. It helps in keeping the body warm as well. This makes them the essential part of our diet, brown bread has 2.39 g and white bread has around 2.3 g. The difference between the two isn’t that much, but the healthier version comes from the brown bread. Choose healthy fats and keep the calorie intake in check.
- NO ADDED SUGAR, YOU’RE SWEET ENOUGH: It’s not the sugar that makes you gain weight, it’s the extra calories you take. Naturally occurring sugar is far better than the added sugar which can cause different health problems. Brown sugar has around 3.66 g and white sugar has 3.2 g. The added sugar in both of them can create health issues.
- KNOW YOUR FIBER: Fiber helps in maintaining a healthy weight and has so many health benefits. It helps in lowering cholesterol and controlling blood sugar levels also. In the case of brown bread, fiber content is about 6.4 g and fiber isn’t mentioned in the nutritional information of white bread.
BROWN BREAD VS WHITE BREAD: WHO IS THE WINNER?
The battle among the two continues and you cannot just blindly trust any product without going through the ingredient list. There are fancy front labels like “100 % whole wheat”, “no added sugar”, “multigrain”, “whole wheat”, etc used by the marketing industry to promote their healthy stuff ( which is not necessarily healthy).
Read the ingredients carefully and choose the one with the least ingredients. Longer list with complex names sometimes hide the harmful products that should be avoided. More complex the list gets, the more the truth it hides. Carefully examine the list and then choose that item. Brown bread has benefits of whole wheat (if added ), which makes them superior over the white.
The brown bread considered here has soya flour and oat flour, which also has some health benefits. This way you can examine the quality of your bread and then choose. Be patient and go through the ingredient list. Front labels aren’t always true, there’s a reality hidden in the list of ingredients. The same goes for the multigrain bread as well and the bread topped with sesame seeds. Topping them with sesame seeds can’t make them healthier if the ingredients used aren’t healthy.
KNOW WHAT YOU EAT AND EAT WHAT YOU KNOW !
STAY HEALTHY AND STAY SAFE!