Is white bread bad for you?

In short, absolutely not. No one, single food provides all the nutrients required for good health, which is why dietitians advocate a varied and balanced diet. We support public health advice represented by the Eatwell Guide. It’s recommended that bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods should make up about a third of the food you eat – choosing whole grain varieties where you can. Both whole grain and white varieties are an important part of a healthy balanced diet. White versions of foods like bread, cereal and pasta provide essential nutrients such as energy in the form of carbohydrate, as well as protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals and have been a staple of human life for thousands of years. But most of us don’t eat enough fibre or whole grain according to national diet and nutrition surveys, and about a sixth of us don’t eat any whole grain at all, which is why this campaign focuses on whole grain.

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