Home & Garden Home Eating White Bread Is the Equivalent of Eating Sugar, Study Finds By Robin Shreeves Writer Cairn University Rowan University Wine School of Philadelphia Robin Shreeves is a freelance writer who focuses on sustainability, wine, travel, food, parenting, and spirituality. our editorial process Robin Shreeves Updated June 05, 2017 Photo: Dan Kosmayer/Shutterstock. Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home & Garden Pest Control Natural Cleaning DIY Family Green Living Thrift & Minimalism Sustainable Eating The extensive refining process that flour has to go through to make white bread is bad for the environment. A new study suggests that the same highly refined white bread is bad for health, too. Researchers at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain found that consuming more than three or four slices of white bread a day is associated with a 40 percent higher risk of becoming obese. The highly refined flour that is used in white bread gets rapidly absorbed as sugar. Professor Martinez-Gonzalez said, “Essentially it is equivalent to a high consumption of sugar. The problem is similar to what we see with soft drinks — their sugars are rapidly transformed into fat in an organism." This isn’t surprising information. We’ve been hearing for a while now that the body processes white bread in a similar fashion to how it processes sugar. People are hearing the message, too, and in 2010, the sales of wheat bread surpassed the sales of white bread. But, wheat bread isn’t necessarily any better than white bread unless it contains whole grains and skips the added sweeteners. Make sure your wheat bread is a good one by looking for the word “whole wheat” and not just “wheat” in the ingredients list.