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Whole Grain And Sourdough Breads Really Are More Healthful

July 5, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
A recent clinical study concluding that white bread is just as nutritious as whole wheat had some serious flaws. It did not control for other foods eaten by participants. And it was sponsored by a company selling expensive personalized nutrition kits based on analysis of gut microbiomes. But many studies have shown that whole grain and sourdough breads offer a wide range of benefits. Whole grain breads tend to speed up metabolism, for example. Sourdough bread has a gentler effect on blood sugar than yeasted bread and makes nutrients more bioavailable. And thanks to sourdough’s fermentation process, good bacteria break down some grain components, including gluten, making sourdough bread easier to digest. [ Image credit: © Wikimedia  ]
Kelly Toups, "Which Type of Bread Is Healthiest?", U.S. News & World Report, July 05, 2017, © U.S. News & World Report L.P.
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