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The Difference Between White and Brown Bread

Updated on January 22, 2012

It is commonly known that brown bread, also known as whole grain bread, is healthier than white bread. The main difference between the both lies in the preparation method and the ammount of fibers they contain. There is a significant difference in taste, color and texture of both types of breads. Here is a small comparison between the both, to help readers understand what makes one healthier than the other.

Taste and appearance

The only reason why people believe that white bread tastes better than brown bread is because they were brought up on white bread. Brown bread can be less tasty in the beginning. Brown bread gets its color from the unprocessed whole grains. But it can also get its color from food dyes. Something you should be aware of when you buy brown bread. Always look for the whole wheat or wholemeal as the main ingredients of brown bread.

Nutritional value

Brown bread is also richer with vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, vitamin B-6, zinc, riboflavin, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, thiamine, niacin, pantothenic acid, and folic acid.


Brown bread is less caloric than white bread. 100 g of white bread contains 240kcal, whereas the same amount of brown bread contains 200 kcal.

Storage life

White bread can be stored longer than brown bread because it holds more moisture. If you want brown bread to last for several days, you should store it properly. But brown bread retains its fresh taste and smell longer than white bread.


Brown bread is more expensive than white bread. The reason of course is because brown bread contains more natural ingredients.


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