In the quest to eat healthily and keep from gaining excess weight, bread may be one of the first foods you cut from your diet. However, on occasion, nothing beats the comfort of a warm slice of bread slathered in fruit jam. Or perhaps you get a hankering to enjoy a sandwich wrapped in something more substantial than a leaf of lettuce. Grocery stores pack their shelves with a vast array of different types of breads. Here is the lowdown on how to seek the healthiest kind of bread on those days you’ve just got to have a slice.
9. Sprouted Grains (Ezekiel Bread)
Sprouted grains refers to grains such as wheat, barley spelt, and millet that have been allowed to germinate or sprout before baking into bread. According to AACC, the sprouts must contain the bran, germ, and endosperm, and the nutrients of the original grain and sprouts must not exceed a certain length. Food for Life’s 7 Sprouted Grains Bread contains barley, brown rice, corn, millet, oats, rye, and wheat. One slice contains 80 calories, 15g carbs, 0.5g fat, 4g protein, 3g fiber, and 1g sugar. If you are looking for fiber and nutrition, sprouted grains are your best choice.
8. Whole Grains
Whole grain breads refer to breads made from various whole grains such as oats, barley, or millet. Meanwhile, whole wheat bread is bread made specifically from wheat. Like sprouted grains, whole grains contain the bran, germ, and endosperm of the grains. Whole grains are far more nutritious than breads made from refined white flour, which is missing key portions of the grain. When purchasing whole grain breads, check the label and choose products without added sugar. One slice of Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread contains 60 calories, 11g carbs, 0.5g fat, 4g protein, 2g fiber, and 1g sugar.