Although some people are advocates of the low carbohydrate diet, the truth remains that carbohydrates are still an incredibly important part of any balanced diet. But as you probably already know, the key is choosing the right types of carbs. Instead of stuffing your face with simple carbohydrates (cookies, ice cream, cake, etc.), you want to be eating plenty of whole grains, which include brown rice, oatmeal and my personal favorite – healthy bread.
But many breads are completely unhealthy, which is why choosing the right type of bread anytime you go to the grocery store is of incredible importance. Many breads are high in processed carbohydrates, which are not good for you and can lead to things such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and so on.
So whenever you’re buying bread at the grocery store, you need to follow some general rules. These 7 tips will help you get started:
Make sure it says whole grain. Anytime you’re purchasing bread, it’s smart to look at the ingredient list. Make sure the words “whole grain” appears first on the ingredient list. The first ingredient on any food is always the one found in the greatest quantities of the food, so by making sure the words whole grain appears first, you can be sure you’re getting the most nutritional value. But many food manufacturers will place terms on the front labels such as “whole wheat” or “multigrain”. It’s important not to be deceived when you see this – many of these terms offer no nutritional value whatsoever, even though they might sound fancy. The bread must contain the words whole grain in the ingredient list. No exceptions. Other terms are simply clever marketing strategies and unfortunately, many people fall for their tricks. Don’t be one of those people.
Enriched doesn’t mean healthy. I’m sure you’ve seen many breads with the terms “enriched” on them. Sure this might sound healthy, but what many people don’t realize is that the term enriched simply means that the bread contains white flower. And if you didn’t know, white flower is not good for you.
Multigrain doesn’t mean healthy. Remember what I covered in point one – don’t be fooled by the sneaky marketers. Sure the bread might be high in various different types of grains, but the only grain that is healthy is whole grain. That’s it! I personally stay away from multi-grain breads at all times.
Stone-ground doesn’t mean healthy. The marketers know that you love the sound of fancy words when you’re making your purchases and they use this to their advantage. But you must realize that stone-ground does not refer to the nutrition of the bread. It simply describes how the bread was milled.
Check for sugar. Always make sure you keep a close eye on the ingredient list and take a close look at the sugar content of the bread you’re eating. If sugar is one of the top five ingredients, then always choose a different brand – there’s plenty of choices
Heavy, coarse bread is best. Choosing a bread that is heavy and course is a smart move on your part. Not only do these types of breads tend to taste better, but the heavier the bread, typically the less processed it is.
Check for fiber. Many Americans aren’t getting the recommended amount of fiber on a daily basis. Choosing the right bread can definitely help you get the fiber demands your body needs. Fiber helps keep you full and increases metabolism , due to the fact that it takes a long time to breakdown and even then, it is indigestible. Always make sure the bread you’re eating contains at least 5 grams of fiber per serving.
Despite what some people might try and tell you, all bread is notevil. It’s all about choosing the right types of bread. These 7 tips can definitely steer you in the right direction.