Is White Bread Healthy?

White bread

Many of us grew up on white bread. We ate it without a second thought and our parents never considered that it might be bad for us. However now white bread is made out to be the evil of starches, the monster of carbohydrates. But just because it’s refined does that mean it should never be included in a healthy diet?

Yes white bread is may from refined flour where the husk is removed along with some nutrients which remain in wholemeal bread. However most white breads have been fortified with those lost nutrients so you’re not missing out. A wheat grain is made up of the endosperm, the germ and the bran. The fibre and minerals are contained in the bran. White bread is made using the endosperm only, while wholemeal uses the germ, bran, and the endosperm of the grain. Refining does mean you lose something, however whether white bread is unhealthy or not really comes down to what the rest of your diet is like.

When you look at some of the most healthy diets in the world; for example the Chinese eat white rice, the French eat white bread and Italians enjoy refined pasta. Yet these cultures do not share the high rates of “Western” diseases or rising obesity rates. When you look at these cultures and their lifestyles as a whole you can see why they have no problems enjoying refined grains. They eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and legumes while keeping active. So you could decide to eat only wholemeal bread, but if you don’t maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle overall it won’t make much difference to your health.

So yes white bread can be a part of a healthy diet. However always be wary when purchasing bread, many refined breads are loaded with sugar and salt. Look for the breads without added sugar and the ones which have low sodium. Low sodium is around 400mg per 100g or less.

There is a lot of advice and opinions about what food is good and what food is bad. No food is intrinsically good or bad, if you eat too many carrots you will turn orange. It all comes down to the whole, the whole diet. Do you eat a wide variety of healthy foods and enjoy treats in moderation? Always use your common sense and go back to the basics, fads are constantly changing, what’s healthy today will be unhealthy tomorrow.

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I became interested in health and nutrition many years ago due to my own health issues. This led me into a degree in nutrition and human biology. Once I completed the degree I felt like I wanted to learn a more holistic approach and began to study naturopathy. This is how I was introduced to homeopathy and began using it on myself and my family members to create a more holistic nutritional form of treatment.
  • Flippie Steyn

    Bread is not what it used to be. Today’s bread is toxic.

  • Magda Martine

    Totally off all grains for 9months now. My body is very happy I do this. Bake my own with almond flour and yeast and honey etc. our grains are genetically altered and not good anymore it’s sad. Loved that chi batts. U0001f600

  • Donna Wilbor

    As with most things. Make your own. That way you know what’s in it!

  • Nyla Khan

    Yeah but they discovered it wasnt the synthetic stuff they were using in some common brands.

  • Donna Wilbor

    It is usually pig. The time only part of a pig you cant eat is the squeak ofcourse lol. All the extra ingredients the mass producers put into bread should not be used

  • Iffat Younus Davies

    Ahh, L-cysteine, E920. It can be synthetic too, by the way, not just of animal origin.

  • Nyla Khan

    L-Cysteine i think

  • Nyla Khan

    a couple years ago in the UK it was revealed they use human hair….

  • Donna Wilbor

    It is usually listed as “stabilising” or stabilising agent

  • Iffat Younus Davies

    Yikes, which ingredient is that?!

  • Nicole Hooton

    It depends again on where you live. Where I am there isn’t much GMO food as customers refuse to buy it so companies don’t use it. We also have labeling laws in regards to GMO. But if you go for certified organic you can avoid genetically modified grains.

  • Nicole Hooton

    I’ve heard some bad stuff about bread in the USA, apparently it’s sweetened?

  • Susann Laverie

    No and no.

  • Malik Eftikhar

    The only real white bread I know is the one you bake at home

  • Yaseen Malik

    A lesson to be kept video clips

  • Joni Pennington

    Not “processed in the USA” lol

  • Carol Bettany

    No neither is wholemeal the wheat used today is genetically modified and is not the wheat our ancestors used

  • Donna Wilbor

    The “stabilising” ingredient is in fact ground pig hair. Yum. Not.

  • Nicole Hooton

    Just to clarify, when I say white bread is good for you I’m talking about real bread – flour, water, salt and yeast.

  • Nicole Hooton

    It depends where you buy it, and I think what country you live in. In Australia the majority of supermarket breads are really good now, bakery breads even better. But making your own is probably the best way to go. That way you can make it like your parents did 🙂

  • Narasimha Rao B

    A lesson to be kept in text

  • Joni Pennington

    Have you checked a commercial bread ingredient label lately? That is not the white bread my parents used, that bread molded within a week if not used up. Bread should have maybe 6 ingredients and you should easily recognize ALL of them!