Nutritional Question v. whole wheat

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    Most healthy diets call for whole wheat breads, pastas, etc. I was comparing nutritional facts at the store the other day and in almost all cases (I looked at whole wheat sliced bread, bagels, and pasta) the whole wheat variety had as many, if not more, calories, fat, and carbs, than the regular variety. That said, what exactly is the benefit of whole wheat over non whole wheat?
     
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    I think maybe you are trying to say that most "healthy diets" call for whole GRAIN breads and pastas, not whole WHEAT.

    In either case, whole grain/wheat products will contain more of the natural nutritional components, including more proteins, and fats. Also you'll find whole grain products are usually much higher in fiber, which is vital in a good diet.

    does that help?
     
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    Yeah the recipes call for either whole wheat or whole grain. I noticed the same about both. So the whole grain/wheat are higher in those areas (calories, fat, carbs, etc) but provide a more natural type? Sort of like good cholesterol vs bad cholesterol? I did notice that many whole grain/wheat products also had higher saturated fats which can't be good. I'm taking fiber supplements as it is so I should be okay there.
     
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    more or less, and the extra saturated fats are also good for you. While conventional wisdom says avoid saturated fats, they usually mean from animal sources like fatty beef. The whole grains have too many positive qualities, including more bioavailability of vitamin content, to say that saturated fats make them unhealthy.
     
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    Sounds good. I knew there was a reason everyone suggests them and that it probably went deeper than just comparing the nutritional labels. Thanks for the insight.
     
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    good point

    just because the label says whole grain/whole wheat doesn't mean they didn't sneak some bullshit in there
     
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    Is Healthy Life available at most stores (if not can you suggest some good brands that are)? And do they make pasta, bagels, etc?

    Any other sneaky bullshit I should be on the lookout for other than HFCS?
     
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    basically to make white flour you take out all the good shit and you have mostly sugar/simple carbs left. Calories, fat, carbs are not inherently bad.
     
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    I've always found 12 grain bread (as mentioned before) to be the best tasting and nutritious.
     
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    most "whole grain" items have a small portion of whole grains and are really made from white flour. So make sure you get 100%. Also you can tell that it's not whole grain if it includes a lot of "enriched flour." Processed flour must be enriched with some vitamin by federal law. So they will basically take wheat flour, bleach it, enrich it and call it enriched wheat/white flour. They don't enrich whole grain flour as it's not necessary.
     
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    i get it at walmart..i think they are a local bread maker, im not 100% sure though.

    just make sure the ingredient are as less processed as possible
     
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    whole grains brah.
     
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    A lot of the benefit of whole grain vs white has to do with regulating blood glucose and insulin levels if they have a lower Glycemic Index...

     
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    bread is shit
     
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