I’ve recently started to eliminate all unhealthy foods from my diet, and replacing them with healthier options. I’ve gotten rid of sodas (completely…no more “one a day” bull), Reese’s Blast (my Kryptonite), and chocolate chip poptarts. I’ve replaced these unhealthy foods with water and lemon, fruit&yogurt parfaits, and turkey bacon and eggs. Now I’m on a mission to find the healthiest breads. I’ve gathered a few tips to help you out and broke them down into two simple rules.
- DO NOT EAT WHITE BREAD
– Simple enough right? I know it is hard to resist. White breads are much more delicious when dunking into a bowl of soup. White breads should be given to children only because they have a hard time digesting the fibers in the healthier options.
- KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHOLE WHEAT BREAD AND WHOLE GRAIN BREAD
– These bread companies like to trick us. They will make a piece of “wheat” bread but technically is only white bread with a splash of wheat in it. Beware of these types of breads. Focus on those that mention wheat as the first ingredient. Only trust a whole wheat bread when it says “100% whole wheat” and on the back, the first ingredient listed is whole wheat.
– Whole grain bread should contain the bran, germ, and endosperm. For it to be considered whole it must have all three of these. A true whole grain will be high in fiber so look for bread that has at least 3 grams of fiber per SLICE.
The most simple way to ensure that you are getting a healthy bread is by looking at the ingredients and picking the one that has whole wheat as the first ingredient.