Why is brown bread ‘better’ than white?

Some brown breads are merely white breads with added sugars and colourings – and therefore no better for you at all.

The key word to look for is ‘wholegrain’, which means the bread, or flour, contains the germ and bran portion of the grain.

Bran provides the fibre as well as magnesium, vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Fibre improves digestion, lowers cholesterol and, as whole grains take longer to digest than processed ones, helps maintain blood sugar levels, making you feel fuller for longer.

Ideally, half the grains you eat every day should be of the whole variety.

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