Bread

Most people would agree taste-wise, white bread is bae. The thing is, it's had a bad rap for a while health-wise, with many of us believing that wholemeal loaves are simply better for you... But are they?

Well, according to new research, it turns out white might be alright after all.

We hate to break it to you, but if you've been forcing yourself to eat wholemeal then it might have been a total waste of time.

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science have discovered that opting for wholemeal over white bread made practically no difference to a person's health, the Evening Standard reports.

They split 20 volunteers into two groups and asked half to eat whole-wheat sourdough for a week (how fancy), while the others consumed white bread. They then switched for a second week.

After measuring a number of markers, including the participants' vitamin, mineral, fat and cholesterol levels, the team found no significant difference between the two groups.

But, interestingly enough, on closer inspection it seems that each participant reacted slightly differently to wholemeal and white bread, suggesting that all of us have a 'type' that's best for us, depending on our individual gut health.

Writing in the journals Cell Metabolism researcher Eran Segal said: "The initial finding, and this was very much contrary to our expectation, was that there were no clinically significant differences between the effects of these two types of bread on any of the parameters that we measured.

"We looked at a number of markers, and there was no measurable difference in the effect that this type of dietary intervention had. The findings for this study are not only fascinating but potentially very important – different people react differently, even to the same foods."

The takeaway from all this? We're going to eat whichever carb we prefer, thank you very much.