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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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10/27/2008 9:54:24 AM

SHOMAC's SparkPage
Thank you for this article. I was astonished to find out recently that my favourite (I thought) ever-so-healthy "multiseed" bread that I was paying a premium price for was actually WHITE FLOUR bread with seeds through it and caramel colouring added to give it a more "wholesome" brown appearance! I'm amazed at how manufacturors can get away with doing this - here in the UK, it seems the more a bread brand shouts its wholesomeness/healthiness, the more likely it is that the vital first ingredient on closer inspection will turn out to be "wheat flour", not "wholewheat/wholemeal flour". I actually buy supermarket own brand wholemeal bread now, not only to save money (always handy) but because clear, honest packaging and ingredient listing is the only way to make sure your "healthy bread choice" isn't just an overpriced white that's had a "trendy" makeover.
PSALM22
10/26/2008 10:08:59 PM

I decided to make it easy on myself a few years ago. I buy only Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain breads. Well, almost. A couple of times I bought Silver Hills when Fred Meyer was out of Ezekiel.
FREE2LIVE777
10/25/2008 2:36:48 PM

Color me confused. The article lists Sara Lee's bread as one of SP's favorites but it mentioned earlier in the article to look for:
* Calories: 100 or fewer per slice
* Fiber: 2 grams or more per slice
* Sodium: 225 mg or less per slice
Sara Lee's whole wheat bread has 120 calories, 3g of fat and 210mg of sodium
KAREN19622
10/15/2008 8:53:06 PM

informative article but can you please have a website for Australian products -no sprouted seed bread that I know of in any store I access.
10/13/2008 8:46:35 AM

COACH_NICOLE's SparkPage
MISTRESSMISSY- Thanks for pointing that out. We have amended the article to include the No HFCS label on the Brownberry Bread.
BABYFAT04
10/11/2008 11:24:17 PM

I didn't see my "whole wheat" bread that I thought was good for me. But what did surprise me was the bead I love, but thought wasn't that great. Just takes a second look at something to understand what you are really eating.
~babyfat04
10/10/2008 9:33:11 PM

MISTRESSMISSY's SparkPage
The Brownberry Bread should have the No High Fructose Corn Syrup label. It does not contain any, and even states as much on their packaging.

Thankfully, I have no problem shopping for bread as I don't have to. My husband works for Brownberry, so I get it for free. :D

Ps. The new 100% Soft Honey Wheat is yummy and only 150 calories for 2 slices.
AYLMER1
10/9/2008 12:52:47 PM

My favorite Bread is Ezikiel sprouted flourless.
Helene
10/9/2008 10:27:09 AM

JACKIE4019's SparkPage
I did not see my favorite bread. It is Healthy Life Bread. There is no HFCS, 40 calories, .5 g of fat, 80 mg sodium, 3 g fiber per slice.
ANGIYR
10/9/2008 2:51:28 AM

My favorite is Oroweat Double Fiber 70 calories, 6 grams of fiber & 160 grams of sodium per slice! Yummy!
10/8/2008 4:48:11 PM

PINKIEB1's SparkPage
Rudi's Organic breads are great. We get them at Frazier Farms.
10/8/2008 2:18:44 PM

ROGERSON44's SparkPage
Thanks for alerting us to which brands are the better breads. Since I learned about HFCS (here on Spark People) I avoid everything that it contains. That means I gave up my bagels, which I loved.

Yes, these breads are very expensive now, especially where I live. Depending on which grocery store you go to, they are anywhere from $3.50-$4.50 EACH. I buy 3-4 loaves when I find them on sale, then I freeze all but one. Thankfully I don't have any young children, and I can make one loaf go a long way. I think it's time I started making my own bread as well! :-)
10/8/2008 1:26:59 PM

MSW0501's SparkPage
I appreciate the good info about bread selection. My question is simply, "What about other grains? Oats, rye and other grains are good, too."
10/8/2008 12:36:53 PM

CHRISTINEDC's SparkPage
Excellent article. Please fix the typo (mis-ordered words) in the following sentence:

"This means that first the ingredient is the most prevalent ingredient in the product, and so on."
10/8/2008 11:10:04 AM

RACHELEROY's SparkPage
Nature’s Own also makes and organic whole wheat bread that we buy weekly and love.

I've heard that companies don't need to list ingredients that come from a 3rd party supplier, and that Pepperidge Farm is quite guilty of not listing all ingredients due to this fact.

My daughter does not like whole wheat. She tried the FOOD FOR LIFE Brown Rice
Bread and hated it, but LOVES the French Meadow brown rice and whole wheat bread: http://www.frenchmeadow.com/products/bread
s-rolls/brown-rice-bread. It has a bit of a sourdough tang to it.

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