It’s already common knowledge that refined flour is often extremely detrimental to health improvement efforts. If you are looking to slim down and get fit, carbohydrate-dense foods made with refined flour are obviously a bad dietary choice. However, the average person may be inclined to assume whole wheat versions of baked goods care a much healthier alternative. Thanks to very heavy marketing by food brands and general misinformation, that widespread assumption has taken root in many minds. Unfortunately, the truth is that just because something is whole wheat does not at all mean you want to go ahead and eat your fill without some serious consideration.
Whole wheat goods are sometimes slightly better than refined wheat counterparts, but do not even begin to approach the health benefits of true whole grains. Actual whole grain products are exactly as they sound – they are comprised of the entire grain, including the germ, bran, and endosperm. Refined grains remove the bran and the germ, but in the functionally lose all of the fiber and other nutritional benefits. So, eating minimally processed whole grains can do some good health-wise, but grains that have been pulverized
into fine flour fall far short.
Think about flour made from whole what as “pre-digested.” The grain is smaller and already broken down most of the way, so your body does very little work completing the digestion process. Therefore, you end up digesting the food into blood sugars much faster with minimal effort, receiving a significant drop in nutritional value.
Whole wheat bread usually has a comparable glycemic index to white bread. The glycemic index is a measure of how well the carbohydrates from food are transformed into blood sugar. A low glycemic diet results in better micronutrient and fiber consumption and decreased hunger, which improves fat loss. Eating these higher glycemic, fast-digesting, and processed carbs and refined sugars causes higher blood sugars and insulin concentrations, along with other troublesome health consequences including obesity. So, when you make a bread purchase, remember that the more whole grain option is almost surely the right choice!