Israeli researchers found that white bread does not have such a low nutritional value as people may think. A group of researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science compared white, prepackaged bread with its healthier counterpart, the whole-wheat bread.
The results were outstanding. Scientists found that when it comes to some people, there are very few differences between the two types of bread’s nutritional value, cholesterol intake, and glucose levels.
Since 1974, sales of white bread plunged 75 percent, with its healthier alternatives seeing an 85-percent sale increase over the same time period. This is mainly due to the fact that the media and research papers have demonized the white bread for causing a plethora of health issues from higher risk of diabetes to lower IQ and cancer.
The recent study which appeared in the journal Cell Metabolism revealed that consuming either white bread or brown bread for a month has different outcomes depending on the people that consume the bread.
There Were No Measurable Negative Health Outcomes of White Bread
Participants were asked to eat white bread or whole-wheat bread for a week with a two week pause after which they were asked to swap the types of bread for another week. Volunteers ate bread for 10% of their daily calorie intake.
The research team found that people reacted very differently to the foods because the mix of the microbes in their gut was very different. Lead author Dr Eran Elinav underlined that you cannot make blanket statements about a type of food, like white bread being bad for all people, because two people can react differently to the same type of food.
Nevertheless, the new study has its limitations due to its small sample size and short tracking period. Prof. Susan Jebb from the University of Oxford acknowledged the limitations but underscored that authors found no measurable negative effect on health for white bread.
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