which is better, wheat or white bread?

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lee shelly

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Posted: 31 Oct 2011, 10:54
somebody told me wheat was bad, but then atkins says , no white bread

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Posted: 01 Nov 2011, 08:07
Wheat bread is higher in calories, but it is better for you, because of the grains. Watch out for the label though, it should be whole wheat bread with grains. White bread, white rice, white flour, anything bleached is not good for you.

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Posted: 01 Nov 2011, 08:46
I'm pretty sure Atkins won't let you eat bread, period! In general, always go for whole grains over refined ones and eat your bread in moderation, since when you use two slices for a sandwich, you're starting out at about 200 cals before you add anything else. There are lower cal breads out there- Nature's Own has one that is 40-50 cals a slice, or you can find sandwich thins that have 100 cals each. If you start with one of the low cal alternatives and then load your sandwich up with protein and some fresh veggies, you can get a pretty filling and balanced meal from it.
- Natalie

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Posted: 01 Nov 2011, 12:11
Your approach to bread is going to depend on your diet. Paleo/primal diets include no bread because of the anti-nutrients in grains, and because of the effect of grains on the body. The Atkins diet omits bread because it is a low carbohydrate diet.

If you're following a conventional diet, the only reason bread is "bad" is because it is calorie dense, so that's why you'll see a lot of people avoiding it on this board.

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Posted: 01 Nov 2011, 12:45
Bread, like anything else, is fine as long as it's in moderation (I'm speaking purely from a calorie counting diet). I take a sandwich to work with me everyday, I always choose wholemeal bread, usually with seeds.

I choose bread which is around 100 calories a slice, as I have 2 slices for my sandwich, thats only 200 calories for the bread, add in the ham (or whatever filling I fancy that day) and the salad I have as well and the sandwich comes in around 300 calories, not bad at all in my opinion. Luckily for me I can't stand butter or spread or anything like that, so thats calories I can avoid without any effort at all, but if you have to have it, just go easy with it. I definitely wouldn't want to be eating a measly amount of calories for my lunch, as I know as soon as I walked through my door at home I would be heading for the fridge.

I never touch white bread anymore. I find wholemeal bread is so much nicer and much better for you too.

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