Q: I’ve heard wholemeal bread is really good for you, but when I compared its nutritional value to white bread, wholemeal has more fat. Which bread is better for weight loss?
A: A dense wholemeal loaf gets my tick over white bread for anyone trying to lose weight. Here’s why:
Wholemeal bread is less refined than white bread and more nutritious as it contains many, many more B vitamins, vitamin E, minerals and fibre.
The fibre in wholemeal bread makes it bulkier and more satisfying, sustaining you for longer so you’re less likely to snack between meals. If you buy a grainy wholemeal bread, it’s got a lower GI too, which helps keep you going for longer.
Both wholemeal and white breads are very low in fat: one slice of wholemeal bread has 1g of fat, almost the same as white bread at 0.7g. However, what you put on your bread – butter, margarine or avocado for example – would up the fat content.
Don’t forget that some fat is healthy (those high in polyunsaturates). Even on a diet, we all need a little fat!