Bleached Flour vs. Unbleached Flour

Bleached Flour
Unbleached Flour

Bleached flour is all-purpose or plain flour that has been chemically bleached to improve its consistency and baking properties. Unbleached flour is flour that has been aged naturally. Unbleached flour is a better source of vitamin E but bleached flour has a finer grain allowing it to make lighter loafs. Bleaching also makes the flour whiter.

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Bleached Flour

Unbleached 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.

Contents: Bleached Flour vs Unbleached Flour

A kid enjoying a muffin made of flour
A kid enjoying a muffin made of flour

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Bleached flour is bleached using chemicals such as organic peroxides, nitrogen dioxide, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, and azodicarbonamide. The use of chlorine, bromates and peroxides is not permitted in the EU.

Unbleached flour is aged naturally, as flour becomes bleached over time. However, it never reaches the same consistency as bleached flour.

edit Quality

Bleached flour appears whiter and has finer grains, allowing it to make more flexible dough and lighter loaves. It has less vitamin E than unbleached flour. People with sensitive palettes can sometimes taste a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Unbleached flour has a yellowish tint and produces denser loafs. It has more vitamin E than bleached flour.

edit Nutrition

Comparing 1 cup of bleached flour vs unbleached flour, Vitamin E is higher in unbleached flour. Rest of the nutritional value is the same in both.

edit Uses

Bleached flour is best used for pie crusts, cookies, quick breads like muffins, pancakes, and waffles.

Unbleached flour is used for yeast breads, Danish pastries, puff pastries, strudel, Yorkshire pudding, éclairs, cream puffs, and popovers.

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Prices vary by brand, current prices for which can be found on Amazon.com:

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