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Baffled by Bread? How to Choose the Best Loaf

Plus Our Top Picks for Whole Wheat Breads

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2/19/2012 10:15:09 AM

DOTSLADY's SparkPage
Has anyone read the book "Wheat Belly" by cardiologist Dr. William Davis?
http://amzn.to/yPt47d

I find it interesting that friends think I'm a heratic when I suggest to not eat wheat at all. We've been brainwashed to think whole grains are the only or best source of fiber in our diet. What needs to be understood is that 30-40% of the population have the potential to react negatively to gluten/grains. I think it's important to share that. There're are positive AND negative properties to food, and we haven't been taught how to figure it out. Epigenomics is coming though. (Epigenome: "Genomics maps of stable, yet reprogrammable nuclear changes that control gene expression and influence our health.")
2/19/2012 9:20:57 AM

MOMMA-MOOSE's SparkPage
I love Nature's Own wheat bread. Glad I made the right choice
1/25/2012 12:55:56 PM

TIMOTHYNOHE's SparkPage
What is really the point of telling us that a bread does not have HFCS?

Sugar is sugar.

Except for honey all sugars are the end product of an intensive process of something that isn't a sugar: sugar cane (a grass), sugar beets (a starchy root), agave "nectar" (a starchy root), HFCS (a starchy grain), maple syrup (tree sap which can be bitter). Honey is the only one that requires very little processing. And its nearest cousin chemically is HFCS55! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-fr
uctose_corn_syrup#Honey

Read this SparkPeople Article:
The Truth about High Fructose Corn Syrup
Sweet Surprise or Health Demise?
-- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resourc
e/nutrition_articles.asp?id=486
1/11/2012 12:08:38 PM

KIMBERLYSWEET's SparkPage
Nature's own is the only bread that I eat now and glad to see it on the list given.Gotta admit though the honey wheat N.O. is absolutely the best.I won't even eat bread if it's not what I want.
12/17/2011 9:56:33 PM

EXOTEC's SparkPage
I used to LOVE the Roman Meal bread! And I remember my mom being very dedicated to a brand called "Monks' Bread". I think they're still selling their loaves in some stores ... and they have a website. And yes, they ARE a monastery!

Unfortunately, I'm banned from carbs on my diet. Of course I cheat! But when I do, I try to be sensible about it ... I will eat (rarely) a small sandwich made with Pepperidge Farm Very Thin White or Wheat bread. The label lists THREE slices as "a serving" ... I only use one. The loaf size is small: about the same size as a typical slice of (American) cheese, and it lives up to its name of being "very thin"... less than 1/4 inch thick. This also means it makes awesomely cripsy toast! It has a nice density that pairs well with most sandwich choices. I love it under peanut (or other nut) butter and banana!
The nutritional data on the packaging says:

(for 3 slices / 45 g)
calories 110 (less than 40 cal per slice! YAY)
fat 2 g
(0.5 saturated, 0 mono, 1 poly, 0 trans)
cholesterol 0
sodium 160 mg
carb 20 g
fiber 3 g
sugars 3 g
protein 4 g
and 6% calcium and iron
The ingredient lists "whole wheat flour" as the first thing (for the Whole Wheat loaf).

It's very good, but can be hard to find. I had to beg my local grocery to carry it!
10/6/2011 6:51:37 PM

HEIDISHOPE's SparkPage
This is the best article I've ever read on how to find the most nutritious and healthy bread! It was easy to understand and had photos of acceptable bread I'll find at just about any grocery store. Talk about Helpful!!
7/15/2011 7:39:10 PM

CAROLJ35's SparkPage
My Arnold's Sandwich Thins contain 100 calories each, not the 50 stated here.
I like Nature's Own Double Fiber Bread with 50 calories and 5 grams fiber. I understand Nature's Own is a southern bread.
4/19/2011 12:06:37 PM

MARYJOHANNAH's SparkPage
I have found that some ( and I haven't tried them all) healthy bread have NO flavor what so ever, I have bought bread from "healthy" bakers and the bread is so very flavorful but they do not have the info on the package. I feel so torn
TERSHANNA
3/12/2011 3:53:11 PM

this information on bread was very helpful .now i no which bread to buy
1/9/2011 2:34:13 AM

FOODHEALTHLOVER's SparkPage
What about wholemeal? Is wholemeal the same as whole grain?

Thanks!
12/27/2010 2:15:41 PM

WOLFKITTY's SparkPage
Brownberry looks a lot like Oroweat here on the West Coast! I was so excited to see the bread that I normally choose for my family make it on the list!! Yay!! HEhee. Since my husband practically lives on sandwiches, our bread choice makes a big difference. Thanks for this guide!

Jocelyn
12/11/2010 7:10:22 PM

NOPLACESPECIAL's SparkPage
Great information to know - Roman Meal and Nature's Own are the most common brands I find at my local dollar store!
8/19/2010 2:35:21 PM

EHUMISTON's SparkPage
I have really enjoyed learning so much about whole grains! However, when I buy my bread at the store, I spend a lot of time looking for the low calorie versions, then checking the ingredient labels to see if indeed they are whole grain. Unfortunately, most of the time I cannot find a 45 or 35 calorie per slice option that is also 100% whole wheat. In the meantime, I do also get in my grains thanks to brown rice, quinoa, and fiber throughout the rest of the day at other meals.
7/18/2010 5:38:48 PM

JHASEAN's SparkPage
WOW! This article prompt me to check my bread box even though we have been eating only "wholewheat". Lo and behold I need to change my bread OMG!
PSALM22
5/18/2010 12:29:49 AM

Dave's is awesome bread!

I've returned, however, to Ezekiel 4:9 cinnamon raisin. The smaller slices save me 30 calories each.

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