Which Bread is Best?
Ever wonder out of all the types out there, which bread is the best?
Did you know that the USDA Dietary Guidelines state Americans should eat at least three servings of whole grains per day?
When available, whole grain is the best choice. Full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, the tasty option is best for optimal health. Along with diet maintenance, it helps with weight control, illness risk reduction, and lowering cholesterol.
In fact, white bread has a fraction of the nutrition in whole grain or multi-grain bread.
How do you know what's truly "whole" nutritiously and what's not?
It's simple. When "whole" appears in the first ingredient listed, the product is whole grain. If it appears after the second ingredient listed, it probably only has one to 49 percent whole grains.
Along with choosing whole grain bread, other whole grains include pearl barley, which is better than brown rice. While still a whole grain, pearl barley provides much more fiber, iron, potassium, and folate. It also has less calories than the rice!
Steel cut oats are better than rolled oats as a result of processing, and 100 percent whole grain bread is better than whole wheat. That '100 percent' is everything-- more protein, higher fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Will this change the bread you choose for your sandwich?