A staple to one and all, may it be as a sandwich or as a toast, for most of us bread, butter and eggs define the morning breakfast. Add to that the fact that most of us eat either white or brown bread (since brown bread equals fewer carbohydrates or more fibers so better).
However, while shopping once label reading becomes a habit and you understand that whole wheat does not mean that, literally always, the healthiest choice comes down to three types of breads. 100% whole grain, rye or the sprouted bread.
When the whole grain bread pack says ‘100% whole grain’ buy it. In the making if this bread the whole grains of wheat is used except for the husk which is inedible. Whole grain breads are high in fiber which decreases the risk of heart diseases, boosts immunity, lowers blood pressure and protects you from gum problems. This type uses the germ of the wheat grain, the endosperm and the bran which makes it bread rich in folate, iron, magnesium, selenium, fiber and b vitamins. Most importantly, whole grain bread being high in fiber helps in weight loss as eating fiber leaves one feeling full for a longer period of time.
Rye bread is another healthy choice as it also contains the whole grain (germ and endosperm). It is as healthy with potassium, calcium, folate, magnesium and B vitamin content. One of the nutrients in it is plant sterol which helps in reducing low density bad cholesterol. Making Rye bread your choice would also mean reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
Sprouted grains bread is made of grains which has started sprouting. Sprouts are high in vitamins and minerals which the sprout gets from the seed. The sprouts are grown in controlled environment and these breads are very high in antioxidants, B vitamins, Vitamin C, fiber, folate and essential amino acids.
Now that the truth of the breads is out, next you shop and stand in front of the bread section you know which to pick up and happy about it..the right choice brings home a healthy bread to be enjoyed..