Does White Bread Deserve Another Chance?

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Going back to our lunchbox days, chances are the sandwich within was made with white bread. Once upon a time, it was a classic — and perhaps even the only game in town.

Then, all of the sudden, white bread became the devil. Processed sugars and flours, simple carbs, all kinds of fillers and chemicals. There was a dark truth to that white bread, and it had no place in our life.

But white bread has come a long way, and may just deserve a second look (and chance).

White whole wheat bread is made from the whole grain — bran, germ, and endosperm — similar to regular whole-wheat bread. “The difference is that white whole-wheat bread is made from white wheat, which lacks bran color. It has a milder flavor and softer texture. So even though both types of bread are made with whole grains, they have a different color, taste, and texture,” says Lisa DeFazio, MS, RD, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

If you want the taste and texture of white bread but do not want to sacrifice the nutritional benefits of whole wheat, choose white whole-wheat bread. “Select breads that say '100 percent whole grain' or list whole wheat as the first ingredient. If the label doesn't say 'whole' first, it isn't a whole-grain product. If a label says "white wheat," it is not the same as white whole wheat,” says DeFazio.

Some healthier white bread alternatives:

Dave’s Killer Bread’s White Bread Done Right
No artificial anything, each slice contains 10g of whole grains and 120mg of Omega-3s, organic whole wheat flour and organic cracked wheat, three grams of protein and two grams of fiber, as well as no high-fructose corn syrup nor bleached flour.

BFree Foods’ Soft White Sandwich Loaf
This gluten-free bread is made with a unique blend of flours, starches, proteins, and fibers (like pea protein and buckwheat) that give it a “real bread” texture while still maintaining nutrition and performance.

Rudi’s Organic Bakery Country Morning White Sandwich Bread
Clean, and without any junk. USDA-certified organic, Non-GMO, and free of all chemicals and preservatives, it’s light, slightly sweet, and the perfect mix of potato and wheat flavors.

Klosterman Bread
 A family owned bread-baking company in Ohio, they make a slammer bun that is white bread but made with whole wheat and is only 90 calories per bun. Perfect for sliders.

Nature’s Harvest Whole Grain White Bread
Baked with eight grams of whole grains per serving, also contains vitamins A, D, and E, and is not baked with high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, or artificial flavors.