My first-Sunday-of-the-month San Francisco Chronicle Q and A column, Food Matters, is out. This month it’s about figuring out what “whole wheat” labels mean on food packages.
Q: I pay $4 for multigrain or whole wheat breads because I’ve heard white bread isn’t as healthy. But when I compare nutrition labels, $2 white breads look much the same. Are they?
A: My Talmudic answer: yes and no. You are asking about commercial sliced breads. Bread may be the staff of life, but you would never know it from reading the ingredient lists of most commercial products.
Commercial breads are indeed much the same, with only a few differences that matter.
To decide whether these have anything in them worth eating beyond their calories, you must inspect labels to make sure:
Anything less is reconstituted white bread with occasional pieces of the original grain added back.
Read full column, with more tips and facts about whole wheat bread.
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