Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Whole Grain White Bread?

     I've always questioned what exactly is whole grain white bread - bread that looks like white bread, but is said to have the whole grain goodness of wheat bread. It sounds like a contradiction in terms...but it isn't! Thanks to this month's Cooking Light magazine, I now know the answer.

 Traditional whole wheat bread is made with a red-wheat variety, which is darker in color and has a slightly earthier flavor. "White" whole wheat bread is an albino version of wheat; this version is lighter in color and sweeter in flavor. It includes the bran, germ, and endosperm, so white whole grain bread IS just like it's darker cousin.

 Now, most commercial breads aren't very Clean. Added sugar, starches...but a savvy Clean Eater will investigate the commercially available breads in their area to see if there is a Cleaner choice to put in their pantry if they are not a baker. Clean Eating bread can be found in organic stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. They are minimally processed breads. If you are unlucky enough not to have TJ's or Whole Foods, investigate the bread offerings at your local grocery store and see if one will suit your Clean Eating needs. And if one happens to be a whole grain white bread? Know that you are eating something at least moderately healthy!