The second small change I made to better my health was to switch from white flour and pastas to whole wheat flours and pastas. And I’m not talking about the breads that have just a touch of wheat in them, you know, the ones that have just enough to make them look darker. I’m talking about finding a bread where the first ingredient is whole wheat. It may take a few tries to find one you really like and enjoy to eat, but it is worth the effort.
Why choose whole wheat?
- Whole wheat products include all three parts of the wheat berry (the bran, the germ, and the endosperm). Eating these three components together benefits in digestion as well as in absorbing nutrients.
- Naturally has more fiber
- Because it has more fiber, it helps with digestion and leaves you fuller longer.
- Contains more vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, folic acid, copper, zinc, and manganese.
- White flours are stripped of nutrients leaving you eating empty calories and not supplying your body with the nutrients it needs.
- White flours are also digested much in the same way as white sugars are, using up your vitamin B6 stores.
So when you hit the supermarket, what do you look for? Well, look for whole wheat to be the first ingredient (not wheat flour or enriched wheat flour). Look to see how many of the ingredients you can actually pronounce. Also check for high fructose corn syrup and caramel colorings and try to avoid those. Check the fiber content and choose a bread with a few grams per slice. Also compare the sodium and sugar content between brands and choose the one with the lowest amount.
Or try making your own! Baking bread is actually quite a simple process and we’ve come to love my homemade bread more than any store bought version.
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