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"White" or "Wheat"?

sandylc Jan 22, 2014 01:29 PM

Please, let's start a campaign here and now to stomp out the phrase, "white or wheat bread?"

There are so many things wrong here. What grain is the white bread made from, if it isn't wheat? Is the wheat bread made from whole wheat or not? Are you trying to trick me into thinking it is whole wheat, but you can't legally call it that?

I understand that 100% whole wheat is rarely seen and rarely accepted and has to be made with care to be truly delicious. But couldn't someone market a bread called, say, "half whole wheat"? Then we would know there is whole wheat in it rather than being white bread with a handful of bran thrown in.

Rant over - !

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    zippypinhead Jan 22, 2014 06:48 PM

    When asked that question in a restaurant, my response is always, "Whatever makes the kitchen happy....."
    Doesn't make any difference to me.

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      GH1618 Jan 22, 2014 06:44 PM

      I've never liked that myself, but on the other hand, in the places that ask "white or wheat," it's just a convenient way to distinguish between the two types of ordinary bread they have available. And the servers have a hard enough job without dealing with quibblers.

      I generally ask for rye or sourdough.

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        sueatmo Jan 22, 2014 06:37 PM

        If you want to "stomp out" a phrase, you need to suggest a realistic substitute. What do you propose as an easy and suitable substitute, which is as understandable as the current one? Sure "white or wheat" isn't literally accurate, but it is understood. I doubt anyone really thinks that white bread is not made of wheat; and I suspect the same for what is termed wheat bread. I believer the term for glutin free bread is "glutin free" or "GF."

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          AlexRast Jan 22, 2014 05:51 PM

          Agreed, and there's a term that covers the situation: "brown".

          1. Chemicalkinetics Jan 22, 2014 05:23 PM

            So true, although I may add that many foods are also misleading labeled.

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            1. re: Chemicalkinetics
              sandylc Jan 22, 2014 05:29 PM

              True, but this one happens every day in chain sandwich shops and restaurants. I have asked waitstaff what grain the white bread is made from, and this has been met with a look of confusion. I've stopped doing that because I'm really not a mean person (or I try not to be!)

            2. jw615 Jan 22, 2014 03:10 PM

              While my food allergies don't include wheat, I know that my wheat allergic friends would appreciate this, since they often get asked why they can't just eat 'white' bread.

              Kind of like how people keep asking me (egg allergic, among others) if I can have EggBeaters. Still made of eggs.

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              1. re: jw615
                Rosebud23 Jan 22, 2014 03:16 PM

                I love either types but I prefer white bread

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                BobbieSue Jan 22, 2014 01:51 PM

                Hear hear! I agree!

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