Thursday, March 4, 2010

Get the Whole Truth

These days, one of the first things fad diets tell you to do is to throw out all the bread in the pantry. But bread can fit into a balanced diet — as long as you buy the right kind. It's your challenge today to know the difference.

When you're at the supermarket, buy only whole-grain or whole-wheat varieties. Traditional white bread (and many other supermarket varieties) are made with only the endosperm portion of the grain, which is mostly starch. All the fiber and vitamins in grain are found in the bran and germ of the seed, which are found only in whole-grain breads. Check the ingredients list for "whole-wheat flour." If it says anything else, it's the wrong kind of product for you. Now you won't feel guilty when you eat your morning toast or a sandwich.

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