You can't judge a wheat bread by its package -- or by its color. If you want the healthy carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and other nutrients that whole-grain breads can provide, be sure to buy loaves that say "100% WHOLE WHEAT." And keep your eye out for these wheat-bread scams:

  • Many "wheat" breads are made with mostly white flour (as much as 75%!) and a much smaller amount of wheat flour. White flour has considerably less fiber and lower amounts of certain minerals and B vitamins. Check the ingredients list on the nutrition label; if "flour" or "white flour" appear near the top of the list, you could be getting much less fiber than you think.
  • Many breads have colors and sugars (caramel, molasses, burnt sugar) added in order to make them look browner and "wheatier."