One possible health advantage of eating white bread

Research reveals the much-maligned food product may be good for one thing: Warding off digestive disorders

Topics: Scientific American, White Bread, Wonder Bread, Digestive Disorders, microbes,

One possible health advantage of eating white bread
This article was originally published by Scientific American.

Scientific AmericanYou can beat on Wonder Bread all you want, but it just keeps bouncing back. Because despite its nutritional bad reputation, white bread appears to boost the growth of good gut bacteria. That’s according to a paper in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. [Adriana Cuervo et al, Pilot Study of Diet and Microbiota: Interactive Associations of Fibers and Polyphenols with Human Intestinal Bacteria]

In recent years, white bread has been shunned as a glutenous slab that lacks the health benefits of whole wheat. But this new study suggests there’s more to the story.



The researchers were looking at the effects of foods on the types of microbes that live in our intestines. They gathered data on the diets of 38 healthy adults and then analyzed the bacteria present in the subjects’ stool samples. Hey, it’s for science.

Turns out that volunteers who ate white bread had more Lactobacillus, a type of bacteria that wards off digestive disorders. Seems the starch and fibers in this sandwich staple are good for these germs.

But before you make your lunch, another recent study showed that eating white bread is associated with obesity. So you should take all these findings with a pinch of salt. But not too much salt—especially if you have high blood pressure.

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