BREAK BREAD THE RIGHT WAY WITH ONE OF THESE STRONG OPTIONS
BREAD, THE NOTORIOUS CARBY loaf of calories you’ve been conditioned to shun, doesn’t have to be treated like the red-headed stepchild of foods. Many types bread offer lots of protein, fibre, and nutrients.
“IT’S ALL ABOUT PORTION CONTROL AND QUALITY.”
THE BEST BREAD
Your first important step: Eschew white bread in favour of one of these superior choices
1 SOURDOUGH BREAD
The by-product of fermentation between lactobacilli (good bacteria) and yeast, sour dough is a delicious source of probiotics, aka “the good bacteria in your gut necessary to absorb
nutrients from our food, get rid of toxins, and improve our digestion and immune system.
BUYER BEWARE: To steer clear of extra oils and sugars, go for freshly baked bread from a local baker.
2 QUINOA BREAD
Great for building muscle, it’s low in carbs and high in protein, and it contains all nine essential amino acids. Plus, it’s gluten-free.
BUYER BEWARE: Make sure other not-so-healthy flours haven’t been added to the bread, like white, enriched, refined, or bleached. Also, watch out for extras like hydrogenated oils and sugars.
3 RYE BREAD
Rye’s grains are packed with fibre, calcium, vitamin E, potassium, and iron. Compared with wheat, rye is more nutrient-dense, as its grains are not as easy to refine, and the gluten
content is lower.
BUYER BEWARE: Be sure your rye bread contains only rye flour and not wheat flour, as this lowers the nutrient content.
4 PUMPERNICKEL BREAD
This combination of rye and sour dough offers the best of both bread. “Probiotics, fibre, protein, and vitamins.”
BUYER BEWARE: Avoid artificial colours, flavours, oils, and sugars like molasses. “They harm our bodies,” says Arboleda. Artificial colours can lead to fatigue, while molasses can damage your immune system.
5 WHOLE-GRAIN BREAD
“Whole grain” means merely all the vitamins, nutrients, and fibre from the grain are left in it. But the overall nutritional value depends on the grains included in the bread.
BUYER BEWARE: Avoid extra sugars and oils. Also, consider sprouted whole-grain bread from the frozen food section. You’ll better absorb the nutrients.