Which bread is best?
Despite contrary belief, bread offers many nutritional and health benefits for a well-balanced diet. But with so many options and information out there, how do you know if you’re choosing the right one? Use our guide to help you pick the best bread for you.
Steer clear of the white stuff! White bread offers little to no nutritional benefits to the body. As the flour is refined, the nutrients and vitamins found within the grain have been removed and all you’re left with is a lot of starch, gluten and sugar. Even though white is said to be healthy because of its high fibre content, don’t be fooled. Did you know that you would actually need to consume up to eight slices to get the same amount of fibre that you would get from one piece of wholemeal?
Whole wheat bread
Kids can be fussy eaters, so if you’re looking for the next best alternative to white bread opt for wholemeal. Unlike white bread, wholemeal is jam packed with fibre, nutrients, vitamins and minerals because it’s made from the bran, the germ and the endosperm portions of the grain. However, when selecting wholemeal bread, don’t simply rely on the colour; always check the ingredients to ensure that it contains wholemeal flour so you know you’re getting the best quality for you and your family.
Wholegrain (brown) bread
Next on the list is wholegrain. With added grains for extra nutritional value, this is a great option for health conscious individuals. With almost four times as much fibre as white bread and lower in GI, this bread is a winner for morning breakfasts and work lunches.
Rye (dark rye) bread
This bread is low GI and high in fibre and helps reduce insulin levels, fight diabetes, plus it’s satisfying and tasty - need we say more? This is the pick of the bunch and the best choice for those who want to reduce their carb intake but still want to eat bread. The high protein quota of this bread also makes it a known aid in weight loss, as it helps to keep you feeling full for longer by slowly releasing energy to keep you going throughout the day.
Commonly found in health food shops, spelt bread is slowly becoming more and more popular on the supermarket shelves, and it’s a great solution for those wanting to reduce gluten in their diets. With a nutty flavour, spelt bread is easily digestible and is often recommended for those who suffer from wheat intolerances. The high levels of niacin found in spelt bread are said to help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol, making it a good choice for those with cardiovascular conditions.