July 18, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter
Many of us can identify whole wheat breads by their darker coloring and rough texture. For this reason, kids especially find them unappetizing. What if I told you that you can include whole grains in your child’s diet without them even knowing the difference?!
Whole white wheat flour is a whole grain made from wheat with a white bran, rather than a red bran—which is what the whole wheat flours and breads that we typically think of are made from.
Whole white wheat flour is different from the standard all-purpose flour in that all-purpose flour is refined so that the bran is removed from the wheat kernel. Through the refining process much of the product’s natural fiber is lost.
While whole wheat flour is definitely a nutritious choice, it is not always the most desirable. For baking especially, it is quite dense and has a stronger flavor than regular flour, which is most likely the reason kids do not favor it. However, whole white wheat flour is much more functional as a baking flour. It does not have a strong taste, and in fact has a sweeter flavor that allows you to use less sugar in baked goods without sacrificing the taste of the product. It also has a lighter consistency, which likens it to baked goods made from all-purpose flour.
You can find whole white wheat bread products as well. Look for a label that says “100% whole wheat” or “100% whole grain”. Also, double check the ingredients list to ensure that the product you are buying is made with whole wheat flour, not enriched or refined flour.
Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; http://www.eatright.org/kids/article.aspx?id=6442463856 written by Nour Zibdeh, RD