Is Whole Wheat Flour Lower in Calories than White Flour?

Why Whole Wheat Flour is the Right Choice for a Healthy Diet

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Question: Is Whole Wheat Flour Lower in Calories than White Flour?

When talking about eating well and cooking healthy meals, whole wheat flour is favored over white flour. Are there any savings in calories by using whole wheat flour instead of white flour?


The answer quite simply is no. Cup for cup, both whole wheat flour and white flour contain around 400 calories. But there is a reason for choosing whole wheat flour over processed white flour--whole wheat flour has not been stripped of the nutrients and fiber naturally found in wheat, and therefore offers a much more nutritious alternative to white flour.

White flour, on the other hand, has gone through a process where it loses much of its natural nutrients. Oftentimes, however, white flour is enriched, where some of the nutrients are added back into the flour after processing, but not in their natural form, and not to the level you will find in whole wheat flour.

One of the main differences between whole wheat and white flour is the fiber content. Whole wheat flour naturally has the level of fiber found in wheat, while most of the fiber has been removed from white flour during processing. As we know, fiber is an important part of our diet to prevent constipation, help control blood sugar, ward off heart disease and assist in weight-loss management, to list just a few of the benefits.

Whole wheat flour is also rich in vitamins B-1, B-3 and B-5, as well as riboflavin and folate. It has more iron, calcium, protein and other nutrients than white flour.

When you are eating a low-calorie diet plan, it is important that the calories you are feeding your body are loaded with as many nutrients as possible. That is why using whole wheat flour over white, though it won't save you any calories, is a good choice if you are trying to eat a healthy diet.