Apr 12, 2012

Q & A with the Dietitian: Which Bread to Buy

If you're like most people, choosing the healthiest foods at the grocery store is no simple task. After you consider all the different products, sort through the health claims on the label, factor in price, and tell your 2 year old for the twentieth time to sit still, it can get a little very overwhelming. Bread is one example where there are a LOT of choices and knowing the best can be challenging.

Cameron wrote: "When I'm buying bread I'm overwhelmed with the amount of options there are for BREAD! Options vary from whole grain, whole wheat, seven grains, cracked oat, rye, white, buttermilk... are just a few off the top of my head. My question is... When making a sandwich... does it REALLY matter or make a difference? If so, which is best??"

Making the switch to whole grain bread totally matters. Why? Because it's one of the easiest ways to increase your intake of whole grains, which should comprise at least half of the grains you eat during the day. 

Most Americans don't eat enough whole grains, which provide so many health benefits such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein and fiber to help keep you fuller longer. They also may help reduce the risk of some chronic diseases and promote a healthy weight. Good stuff, right? Sorry Wonder bread; you lose. 

Now onto which bread you should buy. Stick with those labeled "100% whole wheat bread", as seen in the picture above. The first ingredient of 100% whole wheat bread will be "whole wheat flour". Check it out!

Thankfully, most major brands carry this option and you'll probably want to try a few different brands to see which one you like the best. I got mine this week from Target and really like the texture and quality. I can honestly say though that I've had to shop around because they all taste a little different to me. See what works for you.

Other whole grain options to include in your diet throughout the day are brown or wild rice, oatmeal, whole grain crackers, whole wheat pasta and popcorn. 

Thanks for your question Cameron!