Thursday, June 3, 2010
White Wheat Vs. Red Wheat
There is a lot of controversy in this area...most people tend to believe that red wheat is healthier than white wheat, when in fact experts have concluded that nutritionally they are equivalent. When compared on the USDA website, there are slight, and I do mean slight, differences between the two. The main difference is that white wheat has had certain phenolic compounds in the bran removed. This gives it the “white” color and also removes some of the strong flavor of the red wheat. I MUCH prefer baking cookies and cakes with hard white wheat. Many people prefer soft white wheat for cakes, I’ll cover that soon. I use hard white wheat and have great results. I do use red wheat, too, just not for desserts...you can, but they will definitely have more of a "wheat" taste to them.