There are many different types of bread enjoyed around the world - usually varying based on the flour they use. Keep reading to learn more about different types of bread - particularly white bread, wholemeal bread and rye bread.
Wholemeal bread is another type of bread that is made from wholegrains that have been milled to a fine texture. Wholegrains cause wholemeal bread to become brown in colour. Unlike white flour, whole grain flour contains the bran, endosperm and germ of grains and hence is much richer in fibre. Although this causes the bread to become a bit rougher in texture, the increased level of fibre in wholemeal bread makes it a healthier alternative to plain white bread.
White bread is the most commonly eaten type of bread loaf and refers to bread made from wheat flour (with the bran and germ layers removed). The flour is fine in texture and is a light colour, causing the bread to appear whiter as well.
Although most commonly consumed, white bread is also one of the least healthy bread types. Its highly processed flour and the additives in the white packaged bread can make it unhealthy when compared to other types of bread. Consuming white bread in excess may cause health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Rye bread is made from various proportions of flour containing rye grain. Depending on the type of grain and flour used, rye bread can be light or dark in colour. Rye bread is a relatively healthy bread option due to it containing micronutrients such as B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and calcium. When compared to white bread, rye bread also has more fibre, making it a bread more suitable for healthy digestion.
There are many different types of bread in addition to the three listed above. If you are interested, be sure to visit your local bakery for more information on the types of bread commonly made.