Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Dietitian, Bestselling Author, Media Contributor
Okay, this question is from Brett and he says, why do they say white bread is bad for you? So let's get into the concept of how white bread is made. The wheat, kernel has three different components to it. The bran The Germ and the endosperm, the brand, and the Burr, and The Germ, have all the B vitamins. They got all the fiber. They got all the magic that helps with disease reversal and helps with our overall longevity. The endosperm is just like the starch, right? So, what happens is when whole-grain bread turns into white bread, they strip the brand in The Germ, they stripped the B vitamins, they strip, the fiber, all of those great things. And what is left, is the endosperm. Now, why is just the endosperm left? Because the starch is what is palatable? And when I use the word palatable, I mean it tastes good, kids like it, it's easier to digest in terms of like, hey, no problems here, not a lot of fiber. But it has no nutrient density. So I don't want to look at white bread as something, that is bad because I don't like using the term good or bad with food, but let's kind of change the semantics. And look at white bread is something that is not going to help contribute to prevention of chronic disease to longevity Etc. The other problem with white bread is that it's going to make your insulin and your blood sugar, just go nuts. And when that occurs and your blood sugar then drops, you Eat more food and typically you want to eat the wrong things. So there's a lot of Concepts to look at with this, but for the most part, let's focus on whole grain bread as much as possible. 100% whole wheat, 100% whole grain. If you're low carb you can maybe, you know, limit how much you're having a vet and more go more towards intact grains when you do have grains, but that's our general answer. Let's get with something that has all three components of the wheat, kernel, if we're going with that version of bread, all right. Great question.