What is white whole wheat?

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Peggy Woodward, RD

Dear Peggy: What is white whole wheat? Is it as good for you as regular whole wheat? —M.M., Flemington, New Jersey

White whole wheat flour is made from a naturally occurring albino variety of wheat. It's lighter in color than regular whole wheat, but it has all the nutrition and fiber of typical whole wheat flour without the bitter taste that some find unpleasant. That's because white whole wheat doesn't have tannins and phenolic acid in its outer bran. These compounds give regular whole wheat a hearty, slightly bitter taste. Thus, products made from white whole wheat flour have the same benefits with a naturally sweeter flavor.