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Why is white bread unhealthy?

Stefanie Sacks, MS
Nutrition & Dietetics
White bread is typically made with bleached white flour. And with that, the foundation of your bread is likely void of any real nutrition (and exposed to bleaching agents). Also, white bread can be converted to sugar in the bloodstream very quickly. Ideally you want your food to be slowly absorbed so your blood sugar levels remains stable. If you love white bread, opt into a brand that is made with UNbleached white flour. Or try a bread with 100% whole grain unbleached wheat flour--the best alternative for the more mainstream palate. 
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Dr. Rovenia Brock, PhD
Nutrition & Dietetics
From the bagel you had for breakfast to the croissant in the sandwich you had at lunch to the roll you included with dinner, most of the starches you've been scarfing down are probably made from refined, not whole, grains. That means they've been stripped of the bran and germ, which contain most of the important nutrients (fiber, lignans, antioxidants, selenium, iron, zinc), which provide protection against illness. You've been eating (gasp!) white bread, or its equivalent, and a whole lot of it.

What's the problem, you ask, with white bread? Besides the fact that it is lacking in so many important nutrients, a diet high in refined carbohydrates -- such as bagels, croissants, and almost all dinner rolls, not to mention biscuits, white rice, most muffins, and that pretzel you ate for your afternoon snack -- is quick to raise blood sugar in your body, and that is something African Americans need to be particularly careful about because of our tendency toward insulin resistance, syndrome X, and type 2 diabetes.
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