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Brown food choices that are not always better

You’re on your way to buy groceries and are wondering why is brown food better than white?

When we think healthy in terms of color, we tend to navigate toward foods that are brown as opposed to white, since brown (natural) are supposed to be better than white (bleached).

While more times than not it is a good rule of thumb, it’s not always the case. Let’s take a quick look at some common brown versus white daily food options.

Bread: White bread loses a significant amount of vitamins and minerals from the refining process, whereas bread made with whole grains do not. There are numerous health benefits to eating brown grain breads such as lower cholesterol, blood pressure and a reduction in the risk of colorectal cancer, a leading cause of death in the US.

Rice: These benefits also include brown pasta and brown rice products where white rice has had the husk, germ and bran removed during the milling process. Although white rice is not considered bad for you since most brands are enriched with vitamins, brown rice is considered a healthier choice since it is a whole grain.

Eggs: Eggs are eggs are eggs and color has no bearing on whether one is healthier than the other. The color of the laid egg depends on the breed of the hen, not the nutritional value of its contents so save your money.

Don’t believe me? Not to worry cuz I searched high and low for proof of this for you and wallah…here it is. According to the American Egg Board, besides color, there is no difference between brown and white eggs.

They say that with commercial hens, it’s their coloring that determines the color of the egg but they are nutritionally equal, and in case you’re wondering, the most common-laying hen is the Single-Comb Leghorn. I wonder what Foghorn Leghorn would say to that?

Moving on…

Sugar: Another common assumption is that brown sugar is better than white sugar. Similar to eggs, sugar is sugar is sugar, which means brown sugar only tastes different than its white counterpart, but is just as (good) or bad for you as white sugar. The difference. Brown sugar is white sugar with added molasses, and while molasses does contain minerals, the trace amounts found in brown sugar is not enough to make it healthy. Just sayin’.

Meat: Is there a nutritional difference between white and dark meat chicken? The answer is yes. While white meat such as breast meat has less fat and calories than the leg and thigh, dark meat has more nutrients. Dark meat is shown to have more copper, manganese, zinc, iron folate and riboflavin than breast meat.

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