White bread wins some nu­tri­tional cred

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Does your BLT sand­wich on whole-grain bread lack the taste and nos­tal­gia of the one your mom made with Wonder Bread? Well, there may be some benefits to white bread af­ter all, a new study finds.

Span­ish sci­en­tists re­cently found con­sump­tion of white bread led to higher amounts of lac­to­bacil­lus, a species of ben­e­fi­cial di­ges­tive bac­te­ria. Sci­en­tists mon­i­tored the diets of 38 healthy adults and then ex­am­ined sam­ples of their subjects’ stool to find out which bac­te­ria were pre­sent. The study was pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Society’s Jour­nal of Agri­cul­tural and Food Chem­istry.

The link be­tween white bread and good gut bac­te­ria was “the most novel find­ing” of the study, sci­en­tists said, be­cause whole-grain foods are more of­ten as­so­ci­ated with pos­i­tive nu­tri­tion out­comes. When cer­tain di­ges­tive bac­te­ria—such as lac­to­bacil­lus—dwin­dle in num­ber, peo­ple be­come more sus­cep­ti­ble to var­i­ous dis­eases.

But don’t crack out the but­ter knife and plow through a fresh loaf just yet. Nu­tri­tion ex­perts still rec­om­mend whole­grain bread over the white, fluffy ver­sion, say­ing many nu­tri­ents are lost in the milling process of re­fined grains.

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