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is potato bread better than wheat bread? what bread do you recommend?

In my efforts to lose weight and get healthy I have cut out traditional white bread, not that I ate it a lot but as I worked on my health I knew I needed to have food at work that would keep me from going out to get food. That meant making sandwiches a few times a week.

I have found myself very fond of Aunt Millies Fiber Light Potato bread, it tastes great, has only 70 calories per serving (2 slices), and has 5grams of fiber.

My boss is a health nut and gave me some gruff for eating white bread, looks the same so you can't tell the difference from just looking. When I said it was the Potato bread he said it was just as bad.

I personally cannot stand whole grain bread, occasionally I can deal with it but not often. The aunt millie's potato bread has less calories, less sugar, and more fiber than ANY wheat bread I have found.

What am I missing?

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There is whole wheat potato bread.

White vs. Wheat
There are two big differences: how they’re processed and how healthful they are. The flour for both is made from wheat berries, which have three nutrient-rich parts: the bran (the outer layers), the germ (the innermost area) and the endosperm (the starchy part in between). Whole wheat is processed to include all three nutritious parts, but white flour uses only the endosperm. When put head-to-head with whole wheat bread, white is a nutritional lightweight. Whole wheat is much higher in fiber, vitamins B6 and E, magnesium, zinc, folic acid and chromium.

But of all these nutritional goodies, fiber is the star:

*In a 10-year Harvard study completed in 1994, men and women who ate high-fiber breads had fewer heart attacks and strokes than those whose tastes ran to bagels and baguettes.

*Simply switching from white to whole wheat bread can lower heart disease risk by 20 percent, according to research from the University of Washington reported in the April 2, 2003
issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

*Fiber has long been known to aid digestive health too.

*Fiber can help you lose or maintain weight because eating fiber-dense wheat bread helps you feel full.

I hope you find this helpful!

7 years ago

Have you tried light wheat bread? It's only about 80-100 calories per slice (or bun), and my kids are not really into the real hearty wheat variety. The consistency is like white, but nutritionally it's a bit better. Village Hearth is a brand we buy here in MN.

However, keeping things in perspective, as long as you like it - go with it. Just make sure the rest of your diet is in proportion and you are getting fiber from other whole grains, fruit and veggies.

Eric Keller 3.9k
7 years ago

Nicole, I found the same article but it doesn't really talk about potato bread.

I don't believe the Aunt Millie's bread is considered a wheat potato though.

Eric I did try both light wheat bread and honey wheat bread just didn't get into it.

Here are the nutrition facts on the bread: Aunt Millie's Light Potato Bread "Healthy Goodness"

Serving size 2 slices

Calories 70

Total Fat 1g
Saturated .2g
Polyunsaturated .4g
Monounsaturated .2g
Trans Fat 0g

Cholesteral 0mg
Sodium 200mg
Potassium 20mg
Total Carbs 18g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g

mlanuti 8k
7 years ago


Speaking for myself I enjoy the tastes of whole grain breads but when I eat a sandwich Bread plays little in overall flavor for me. I'm more interested in if the bread can hold the sandwich together. Maybe dress your sandwich in healthy ways that would help you not to think of the bread as Whole wheat. I'm sure everyone has a take on this. I grew up on eating white bread as a treat, rolled into little balls or jelly rolls. Wonder bread.. hehe. If you haven't tried give Arnold* Sandwich thins a shot. 100 cal, 1 g fat, 22 carbs, 5 dietary fiber.. Hope this helps

JoeR1030 20
7 years ago

It comes back! lol must be good bread.

mlanuti 8k
7 years ago

I obviously haven't seen these specific products (other than what was posted here), but as a registered dietitian, I think all of the options presented sound just fine!! Happy


Brian Zehetner 36k
7 years ago

Focus less on bread and focus more on raw fruit and vegitables. If you think you need bread for lunch sandwiches, forget that and switch to salads. I eat salmon salads I prepare myself before I go to work. No bread. Bananas and blueberries for snack breaks.

pberb 20
3 years ago

Focus less on bread and focus more on raw fruit and vegitables. If you think you need bread for lunch sandwiches, forget that and switch to salads. I eat salmon salads I prepare myself before I go to work. No bread. Bananas and blueberries for snack breaks.

pberb 20
3 years ago

I think that it is really simple. Try to squeeze your slice of bread a little and if it is coming back – you can eat it, but if it stays in like a mold then sorry, do not eat it. You feel like you are eating clouds and then you fell like there are stones inside of you...and it is typical cheap American bread. Spend more money on bread - it is worth it, we have only one life.

Elena Wood 1.5k
7 years ago

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6/1/2010 at 3:48 PM