Myth 10: White bread has no nutrients
Bread made with whole-wheat flour is still the ideal choice, says Theresa Nicklas, Dr.P.H., a professor of pediatrics at the Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston. Its high fiber content helps prevent constipation, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. But that doesn't mean white bread is nutritionally bankrupt: It's often enriched with iron and such B vitamins as niacin, folic acid, thiamin, and riboflavin. So if your kids won't eat whole-wheat bread, it's fine to serve white. They can make up the fiber elsewhere -- with an extra serving of fruit, for example.
Copyright © 2001 Stacey Colino. Reprinted with permission from the February 2001 issue of Parents Magazine.