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Which Bread Is Healthier: Whole Wheat Pita or Whole Wheat Bread?

Whole Wheat Pita vs. Whole Wheat Bread

When it comes to sandwiches, I have been opting for whole wheat pita these days instead of whole wheat bread.

It has been an interesting change of pace and I thought maybe fewer calories as well. Rather than assuming pita was better nutritionally for me than whole wheat bread, I decided to compare them side by side. To see which whole wheat bread type is the victor, just


1 slice pita bread
Trader Joe's
1 slice bread
Calories 130 110
Total Fat (g) 0 0.5
Saturated Fat (g) 0 0
Carbs (g) 26 22
Fiber (g) 4 5
Protein (g) 5 5
Sugar (g) 1 4
Sodium (mg) 200 220

I know bread products vary nutritionally from brand to brand, but these are the two types of whole wheat breads we typically have on hand. Calorically speaking, I only use one slice of pita rather than two slices of regular sliced bread, so pita is certainly lower in calories. Two pieces of Milton's sliced bread provide 10 grams of fiber; however, this is unusual since most sliced whole wheat bread contains only two to three grams of fiber per slice. Looking at these stats, I feel OK mixing it up between these two brands and types of bread. Take a look below at the ingredients.

Ingredients Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Pita Milton's Whole Wheat Bread
Stone ground whole wheat flour, water, fresh yeast, canola oil, salt, sesame seeds Whole wheat flour, water, honey, vital wheat gluten, yeast. Contains 2 percent of less of: oat fiber, calcium sulfate, distilled vinegar, soybean oil, wheat bran, cultured wheat flour, ascorbic acid enzymes
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lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 7 years can get pitas at my TJ's that are 100 cals or 200 cals, whichever side. the 100 cal ones are a decent size, and the 200 cals are big enough that you can chop them in half. SO DELICIOUS! especially warmed in the microwave or toaster.
KrisB KrisB 7 years
I prefer whole wheat bread, can never eat a whole sandwich anyway so I end up using 1 slice to make half sandwiches then fill up on sides. Pita bread just never seems appetizing to me. Whole wheat tortillas I like but not sure if they have the same nutritional content.
zeze zeze 7 years
I love toasting ww pita in the oven and eating it with guacamole. Delicious and so much healthier than chips.
SaucySassy SaucySassy 7 years
The pita is healthier - better balance of omega 3 and omega 6s! Also less crap in the ingredients :)
lemuse20 lemuse20 7 years
Much love for the pita!
OneBodytoLove OneBodytoLove 7 years
MMMmmm maybe time to try some pita
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