1. Bleached Flour has no nutrients.

Bleached flour is best for making cookies, pie crusts, quick breads, muffins, and pancakes.

Pillsbury Best All Purpose Flour, 5 lb.

$10.75
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  • Having a denser texture, unbleached flour provides more structure in baked goods, which makes it an ideal base for things like yeast breads, cream puffs, eclairs, and pastries.

    Having a denser texture, unbleached flour provides more structure in baked goods, which makes it an ideal base for things like yeast breads, cream puffs, eclairs, and pastries.

  • As it ages, flour is naturally bleached from exposure to oxygen. Unbleached flour, which takes longer to produce, ages naturally, while bleached flour uses chemical agents to speed up the process. The end result is two types of flour: one with a bright white hue and fine grain (bleached flour) and one that's pale and off-white with a denser grain (unbleached flour). Because of their different textures, each flour produces slight variations in baked goods.

    I mentioned that until a reader pointed her virtual finger at the word “BLEACHED” on the big bag of flour I was buying from Costco, I had no clue we were eating bleached flour.

    Bleached Flour versus Unbleached Flour comparison chart
    Bleached FlourUnbleached Flour
    Color White Less white / yellowish
    Bleached using Bleaching chemicals such as organic peroxides, nitrogen dioxide, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, or azodicarbonmide Aged naturally
    Quality Finer grain, making a lighter loaf Tougher grain, making a denser loaf
    Nutrition Less vitamin E. Rest of the nutrition i.e. calories, fats, fiber, proteins, calcium and iron are about the same. More vitamin E. Rest of the nutrition i.e. calories, fats, fiber, proteins, calcium and iron are about the same.

  • I also had no clue it was dangerous. Or if it really was? With so many other things going in life, both in AND out of the kitchen, looking up the dangers of bleached flour wasn’t high on my priority list.

Bleached Flour at King Arthur Flour

Bleached vs Unbleached Flour
In stores, we often come across two different varieties of flour ‘“ bleached and unbleached. Do you know what makes the difference? Bleached flour is whiter, has finer grains and gives your food a tempting aroma and look. And unbleached flour is less white or yellowish and may not be able to produce the effects as that of bleached flour. The major difference between the two is that bleached flour contains edible bleaching agents added to it and unbleached flour is bleached naturally.