Breads

breadEvery time you pick a bread to eat – no matter what the form, you have an opportunity to improve your overall diet a bit! For most of us the easiest way to do this is to pick a version of whatever we are eating, pizza, muffins, toast or a roll, and choose whole grains.

Here are some tips to pick the healthiest breads, cereals and crackers that you can

#1 – look for WHOLE grains — just because the label says that it is wheat bread doesn’t actually mean it is a healthy option. But you can’t just look at the label – flip that bad boy over and look at the ingredient list. You are looking for the FIRST ingredient to say WHOLE wheat — not enriched wheat flour, not bleached or unbleached flour — WHOLE WHEAT. Whole grains are naturally full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals!

#2 – don’t be fooled by the label… just because it sounds healthy doesn’t mean it is. A lot of breads with “7 grain” or “wheat” bread have the dreaded unbleached enriched wheat flour as the first ingredient… how to not be fooled… refer to #1 – flip that bad boy over and make sure it says WHOLE wheat – WHOLE grains leave all those important nutrients intact, which is the way we want them!

#3 look at the fat type… bread does have some sort of fat in it you want to make sure to AVOID these in your bread

  • Hydrogenated Oils
  • Trans Fats
  • Partially Hydrogenated oils wheat bread
  • vegetable oil shortening

#4 — look our for things that are not needed – added sugar like high fructose corn syrup should be avoided as well as dyes.

So the quick message? You want less ingredients, words that you can pronounce and look for the word WHOLE before whatever type of grain they use, and ideally it is the first ingredient