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  1. 1. Source: Important Differences Between White Bread and Whole WheatFor any kid who grew up eating doughy, thick Wonder Bread for lunch, the encouragementby dietitians and nutritionists to switch to whole wheat bread can be a tough transition.Bread, like any other part of our diet, is an acquired taste. Starting out early helps sincechildren are much more adaptable to accepting foods than adults. This does not mean thatchildren LIKE as many foods as adults - children are renowned picky eaters. But if you onlyexpose them to healthy, whole grain foods they wont have the opportunity to develop a tastefor white bread or other non-nutritious foods.Adults, however, must learn to change their diet preferences because of knowledge.Understanding why whole wheat is superior to white bread can help you feel good about thecompromise and encourage you to make it the standard for your children. Who knows - youmay even like it!WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?The two biggest differences between white bread and whole wheat are the processing andthe nutritional value.Flour is made from wheat berries. The wheat berry is made up of the bran, the germ and theendosperm. All parts are filled with nutrients and are used in whole wheat flour.White bread on the other hand, uses only the endosperm - the starchy inner layer. There is atotal of 30 nutrients missing in white bread. The nutritional difference is immense and hasmeasurable impact on our health.WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF SWITCHING?The fiber content of whole wheat bread has several health benefits.Fiber helps the digestive system. It also creates a full sensation and thus can help withweight control. Research has been conducted by Harvard and other organizations that showsmen and women who eat high-fiber foods have less heart attacks and strokes than thosewho dont.There is also an increased risk of diabetes in children who eat refined white flour - a risk thathas been proven by the increase in cases of childhood diabetes.WHAT DO I LOOK FOR?Watch out for words like wheat flour or enriched wheat flour as they can be mostly madefrom white flour with just a small amount of whole wheat added in.Look for whole wheat or other whole grains, like oat. And dont be mislead by the name ofthe product. Names like wheat, whole bran, stoned wheat, 12 grain and others are still mostlywhite flour. The only way to know for sure is to read the label.The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intendedto medically diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Consult a health care practitioner beforebeginning any health care program.Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News where you can findthe most up-to-date advice and information on many medical, health and lifestyle topics.