5 Healthiest Types Of Bread To Consume
5 Healthiest Types Of Bread To Consume
In today’s diet-focused world, bread gets
a bad reputation.
In a lot of popular meal plans focused on
health and weight loss, carbohydrate-heavy
foods such as bread are usually the first
thing to go.
But not all types of bread are created equal:
while processed white bread isn’t exactly
a superfood, there are other types of bread
which could potentially provide a little more
in terms of nutritional value.
So which types of bread should you keep an
eye out for on your next trip to the grocery
Today, Bestie is going to take a closer look
at some of the healthier varieties of bread
you can choose from.
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Whole Wheat Bread
When it comes to bread, the two types that
most shoppers are likely to be familiar with
are white and whole wheat bread.
Of these two, bread that is 100 percent whole
wheat is considerably healthier.
Unlike processed white bread, whole grain
bread keeps the entire grain intact during
the manufacturing process, leaving in various
bits such as the germ, endosperm and bran.
By leaving in these parts of the grain, whole
wheat bread contains a much higher value of
nutritional content than if it were to be
removed; in addition to having a higher concentration
of fiber, the bran and germ of the grain are
also a beneficial source of other nutrients
such as protein and fat, along with various
other vitamins and minerals.
By contrast, the refined grains used in white
bread do away with many of these important
nutrients by removing the bran and germ during
the bread’s creation.
In addition to these added nutritional benefits,
whole wheat bread may also help protect your
body against certain types of health complications
such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and
even certain varieties of cancer.
However, you shouldn’t just settle for the
first loaf of bread you see on the store shelf
with “whole wheat” on the label: many
manufacturers are inclined to simply slap
the words “whole wheat” on the label in
order to make their product appear healthier,
regardless of whether or not the bread itself
was actually made without refined flour.
In order to ensure you’re making a healthy
and informed decision, take a closer look
to ensure that the bread is made using 100
percent whole wheat or whole grain flour,
and avoid breads that seem to have tacked-on
or unnecessary ingredients such as added sugar
or vegetable oils.
Like whole wheat bread, sprouted bread is
made with whole grains as a key ingredient
as opposed to refined grains or flour.
The key difference is that, as the name implies,
sprouted grain bread is made from whole grains
that have begun to germinate, by which we
mean the grains have begun sprouting.
This is because the grains used to make bread
are actually seeds, and by allowing these
seeds to germinate before making them into
bread, you can potentially unlock a variety
of added nutritional benefits.
According to one study, pita bread made from
50 percent sprouted wheat flour contained
an enormous difference in terms of nutritional
value, including more than three times the
amount of folate than other varieties of bread.
For those who don’t know, folate is a vitamin
which plays a key role in converting the food
you ingest into energy, making its addition
a major plus for sprouted grain bread.
Using germinated grains for bread has also
been shown to increase the number of antioxidants
within the bread while also decreasing the
amount of compounds in the bread that block
the absorption of certain vitamins and mineral
such as iron.
The sprouting process also breaks down the
starch within the grains, which lessens the
impact the bread has on your blood sugar.
Sourdough is a type of bread made through
a special process that involves the fermentation
of naturally occurring yeast and bacteria
that allows the bread to rise.
This process of fermentation is also noteworthy
in that it plays a significant role in reducing
the phytate content of the bread by as much
of 50 percent, compared to other types of
bread that are created through more conventional
The unique production process of sourdough
bread may also make it easier to digest due
to a higher concentration of prebiotics and
probiotics that can assist your gut with the
Additionally, sourdough bread’s relatively
low glycemic index means that, like sprouted
grains, the effect that sourdough has on your
blood sugar is relatively minimal.
To put it simply, while this dough might be
sour, it certainly won’t “sour” your
As evidenced by the name, oat bread is, surprise
surprise, bread made using oats as a primary
In addition to oats, oat bread is also made
with natural ingredients such as whole wheat
flour, yeast, and water, which, if you’ve
been following this list so far, is a good
sign in terms of potential health benefits.
In addition to using whole wheat instead of
refined or processed flour, the oats found
in oat bread are associated with a number
of additional health benefits, including magnesium,
vitamin B1, iron, and zinc.
Oats are also a major source of fiber, specifically
a type of fiber known as beta-glucan.
Beta-glucan is believed to help lower your
body’s cholesterol levels, as well as keep
your blood sugar at manageable levels.
However, just like with whole wheat bread,
make sure you pay attention to the ingredients
list while grocery shopping to make sure you’re
really getting what you’re promised; many
so-called “oat breads” may actually contain
only a small amount of oats, and can, in fact,
may potentially be made with refined flour
and added sugars as well.
another reason to practice smart shopping
habits and making sure you know exactly what
you’re putting on your plate.
Flax bread is a type of bread made using a
combination of whole-grain flours as well
as flax seeds.
I guess most of these names are pretty on
the nose, huh?
Moving on, flax seeds are an incredibly nutritious
addition to any meal plan, which means that,
by extension, flax seed is probably one of
the healthiest bread options you can choose
For starters, flax seeds are an especially
rich source of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA,
which is an omega-3 fatty acid that some studies
suggest may reduce the risk of heart disease
with regular intake.
Additionally, flax seeds also provide a plethora
of additional health benefits, including improved
cholesterol, lowered blood pressure, and a
better control over your body’s blood sugar
Flax seeds also contain antioxidants known
as lignans, which may potentially help to
prevent the onset of certain varieties of
cancer; however, research into the anti-cancer
properties of lignans and by extension flax
seeds is still a topic of debate, and the
jury’s still currently out on whether or
not they’re really effective when it comes
to protecting your body against cancer.
In this day and age, people are paying more
attention than ever when it comes to the food
they’re eating, and as a result a lot of
us have begun to rethink our daily diets in
an effort to make healthier choices and avoid
foods which we suspect to be detrimental to
our overall health.
When it comes to eating right, exercising
and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, bread
is one of the first things to usually get
cut out of people’s diets in an effort to
live a more health-focused life.
However, while types of bread made from refined
and processed flour are typically unhealthy
and best left by the wayside, there are other
types of bread that may provide more of a
nutritional boost than you might expect.
Instead of cutting out bread altogether, it
might instead be a better decision to read
up on the actual ingredients that go into
your bread and make informed purchasing decisions
to make sure that you’re getting the best
possible nutritional bang for your buck.
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