Similar to the switch from white rice to brown, swapping white bread for whole wheat can give your health and the environment a boost. It’s well known that whole grain and wheat breads are more nutritious than white bread, but brown breads are also less harmful to the environment.
Wheat flour must be refined and go through a series of alteration processes to make white bread, but whole wheat flour spends less time in production. Whole grains in general are better sources of nutrients and filling fiber and also spend less time in production, explains Mother Nature Network. “Any ingredient that requires extensive refining requires more energy and resources and has a greater impact on the planet.”
This food for thought brought to you by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.