Losing weight and eating bread are generally two things that are said don’t go hand in hand too well. But we want to make it known that you can absolutely still eat bread. We love carbs! Some are definitely healthier than others though, that is for sure.
Unfortunately, no we are not referring to Wonder White – that stuff is generally a no, no… even if you’re not trying to lose weight! The ingredients list might scare you!
But, never fear… here are 4 of our favourite healthy types of bread on the market! Scrumptious + full of goodness = YES PLEASE!
Are you wondering… ok great but what is that? We don’t blame you! It is still a little under wraps, but the health benefits are HUGE!
Ezekiel bread is baked using organic, sprouted whole grains. This means the wholegrains have started to sprout from exposure to heat and moisture. It has been shown to increase the availability of nutrients in the bread.
Often a range of cereal grains and legumes are added such as barley, spelt, wheat, soybeans and lentils.
This nutrient-dense bread contains no added sugar – YAY! And as an added bonus, the fibre and protein amounts in high grain loaves of bread are generally higher, which is great for keeping you fuller for longer and your digestive system moving smoothly. Win-win!
Pure Life Sprouted Bakery bake a whole range of gorgeous Ezekiel Bread. You can check them out here.
A definite favourite in the SuperFastDiet office, sourdough is made through a long fermentation process that relies upon naturally occurring yeast and bacteria to allow the bread to rise. The process of fermentation reduces the number of phytates (aka phytic acid) that bind to specific minerals and impair their absorption.
The prebiotics in sourdough, as well as the probiotics that develop through fermentation, are great for digestive help, helping with digestion and good gut health.
Sourdough, if you’re not already sold on it, is also low in GI (glycemic index). You might have heard us saying before that lower GI carbohydrates are better, and the reasoning behind this is a good one! Lower GI carbs have a overall more positive affect on your blood sugar levels, not causing it to spike quite so easily.
You can find sourdough pretty easily now as its popularity has grown, with some yummy ones popping up in supermarkets recently! Rye or grain sourdough are generally the ones you want to go for more so than white for reasons mentioned, but it is still better than white sandwich bread!
Wholemeal or whole wheat bread are the loaves of bread that are made with higher levels of unrefined flour, meaning the fibre, vitamins and mineral content is much greater than most other bread’s available.
Similarly to the sourdough just mentioned, it is also much lower on the GI scale, leaving you fuller for longer, leaving you less likely to reach for the more starchy and refined carbs later in the day. Step away from the muffin!
There are plenty of 100% wholemeal bread’s readily available on supermarket shelves, often making it seem more appealing to many people. Some brands that are best are Abbott’s Village and Helga’s in supermarkets, and if you’re looking for something fresher, your local bakery are very likely to stock them too!
Not too dissimilar to sourdough and wholemeal, wholegrain contains much lower calories than white bread. Fibre and protein levels are much higher due to the many grains and seeds found in them. The more the merrier, the more the healthier!
Wholegrain is also a popular family favourite. However, some are made with white flour-based or a lower percentage of wholemeal based flour. Definitely ask if you’re curious!
Baker’s Delight offers a wholemeal-based flour loaf filled to the brim with 11 different delicious and nutritious grains and seeds called Cape Seed, which is often deemed one of the healthiest breads you can find on the market. Baker’s Delight is great for all kinds of bread, especially because they are preservative-free and they are baked fresh from scratch every day!
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