An illustration shows spikes of different types of wheat: (1) Polish wheat (2) Club wheat (3) Common bread wheat (4) Poulard wheat (5) Durum wheat (6) Spelt (7) Emmer (8) Einkorn. The Library of Congress/Flickr The Commons hide caption

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During World War II, Potato Pete, a dapper cartoon spud with a jaunty cap and spats, instructed U.K. consumers on the humble tuber's many uses – not just in standards like scalloped potatoes and savory pies but also in more surprising options, like potato scones and waffles. Imperial War Museums (Art.IWM PST 6080) hide caption

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From a scapegoat for the "sapping" of the "white race," to a symbol of modern engineering, to a target of the counterculture movement: White bread's been a social lightning rod time and again. iStockphoto hide caption

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Bite into that bread before your main meal, and you'll spike your blood sugar and amp up your appetite. Waiting until the end of your dinner to nosh on bread can blunt those effects. iStockphoto hide caption

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Curb Your Appetite: Save Bread For The End Of The Meal

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Sourdough loaves made by Fromartz with a bolted white flour from Anson Mills in South Carolina that he says reminded him of the wheat he'd tasted in southern France. Samuel Fromartz hide caption

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To Make Bread, Watch The Dough, Not The Recipe

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Cucumbers tend to slide out the back of a sandwich when confronted with bite force, writes Pashman in Eat More Better. Courtesy of Alex Eben Meyer, Simon & Schuster hide caption

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Friction Can Save Your Sandwich, And Other Tips For Better Bites

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Rabin bread on a rock at the farmers market in Plainfield prior to setting up the table. Jon Kalish for NPR hide caption

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Legendary Vermont Bakers May Stop Selling Beloved Sourdough Bread

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The most healthful loaves of bread contain chunks of grain still intact, like the seeded loaf on the right. Whole wheat loaves, like the one in the middle, may contain few whole grains and may be made up mostly of refined flour, like the white bread on the left. Meg Vogel/NPR hide caption

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Where's The Whole Grain In Most Of Our Wheat Bread?

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Baguettes head into a giant oven at Le Grenier a Pain Bakery. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Got Baguettes? Bakers' Lobby Tells France To Eat More Bread

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A man makes bread as residents, background, stand in line in front of a bakery during heavy fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and government forces in Aleppo, Syria, on Dec. 4, 2012. Narciso Contreras/Associated Press hide caption

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Jihadi Fighters Win Hearts And Minds By Easing Syria's Bread Crisis

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American History Baked Into The Loaves Of White Bread

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