Skip main navigation

What’s my food made of?

A short video demonstrating that the ingredients lists of our favourite foods can surprise us.
6.9
Bread is always a tricky one. I like white bread, but I’ve heard wholemeal is better for you. But what’s actually in a wholemeal loaf? It says it’s high in fibre. But when I checked the ingredients, it seems to still have E numbers. In fact, it has more than the white bread I usually get. They also both contain preservatives. In fact, they’re really quite similar. [BELL DINGS] If you look at their nutritional values, the only real big difference is are that wholemeal has less carbohydrates and more fibre. So how do I know which one is healthier? And can I get a loaf that maybe doesn’t have all these extra ingredients in?

Watch this video to hear how ingredients are presented on a label using white and wholemeal bread as an example.

Do you compare products like on the video? Does the amount of ingredients listed on a label sometimes surprise you?

This article is from the free online

Understanding Food Labels

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education