Understanding Different Kinds of Bread

Different types of bread
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In the words of the infamous Oprah: I. Love. Bread.

If you compare similar slices of bread, the macronutrients are going to be very similar, so how do you decide which to choose? You can listen to Betty Sue that says you should never eat white bread and Ezekial bread is the ONLY bread you should ever eat. Or you can choose multigrain because it sounds healthier than wheat.

Orrrr you can learn the differences between each type of bread to make your own educated decision. Let’s do that.

A common misconception is that wheat or multigrain bread are healthier than white bread. In actuality, they’re not necessarily any “healthier” at all. All 3 of those may be heavily processed and lacking the nutrients that make bread so great.

Whole Wheat and Whole Grain are your best bet. Don’t fall for any breads that say “made with whole grains” or anything along those lines, because that is NOT the same as actual whole grain bread. The same goes for your wheat bread- if it doesn’t say “100% Whole Wheat” then it is not whole wheat!

Sprouted Grain bread (Ezekial) has gained a ton of popularity recently, too. If you’ve ever wondered why, it boils down to digestion and bioavailability (the rate of absorption). These are health benefits that go beyond simply looking at the calories or fat on the nutrition label.

Sourdough is absolutely delicious, in my opinion, and is made differently than the other breads. Where bread is typically made with yeast, sourdough uses fermentation, which gives it that slightly sour taste.

All in all, there is no reason to fear bread. If you love white bread, then I say you should absolutely still eat it, but understand what it is you are eating.

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