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Baffled by Bread? How to Choose the Best Loaf

Plus Our Top Picks for Whole Wheat Breads


10/13/2008 8:46:35 AM

MISTRESSMISSY- Thanks for pointing that out. We have amended the article to include the No HFCS label on the Brownberry Bread.
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.
10/10/2008 9:33:11 PM

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.
10/9/2008 12:52:47 PM

My favorite Bread is Ezikiel sprouted flourless.
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.
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

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

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:
s-rolls/brown-rice-bread. It has a bit of a sourdough tang to it.
10/8/2008 11:05:27 AM

As a physician assistant I have been helping patients manage related issues like obesity, diabetes and heart disease for over ten years now. In my attempt to help people make informed choices I developed a little math exercise that I think simplifies shopping choices when it comes to processed carbohydrates.
As the article suggests, you must look at the food label and the order of ingredients. Look a little farther down the label to the number of grams of carbohydrates, fiber and sugar.
This is a real pearl that works and should help in decision making. Ready...
Divide carbohydrate grams into fiber grams and try to only purchase packaged foods with a ratio of eight or less and no more than 3 grams of added sugar per serving.
The more fiber, the lower the ratio and the better the product. This effectively reflects a lower glycemic index, which is the ability of a carbohydrate to raise blood sugar. A rapid rise is blood sugar calls for a rapid rise in insulin and since insulin is a storage hormone, it becomes quite difficult to loose weight in the presence of a high insulin state. This high insulin state also sets up the chemistry to the development of insulin resistance which increases the risk of either developing diabetes or progression of an established case of diabetes.
James R Kreitner, RPA-C
10/8/2008 9:45:12 AM

KCDEBI's SparkPage
It's unfortunate that these healthy options are not more affordable. I believe most of these choices are well over $3 in most grocery stores. If I want affordable and healthy, I should probably make my own! :)
10/8/2008 9:16:30 AM

Thank you so much for this article. I come from the UK where bread does not have all the sweeteners in it and so HATE most US bread - i shall give some of these a try - i'm a whole wheat/wholegrain lover so have tries some of these already.
10/8/2008 8:56:53 AM

SEH0041's SparkPage
This article was great. I already knew to look for the 100% and "whole wheat" as the first ingredient - but I didn't know they sneak in other types of flour or high fructose corn syrup. That stuff is very difficult to avoid, so I was glad to see two of the types of bread I buy on the list of good picks.

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