We all know the feeling—standing there in the bread aisle at the grocery store, craving a delicious sandwich or slice of toast, while simultaneously telling ourselves that we can’t buy any bread because it’s “unhealthy.”
But why do we so often force ourselves to avoid bread when in reality bread isn’t the enemy? We’ve been told for so long that in order to be healthy we have to avoid carbs, but giving up bread completely may mean you’ll lose out on valuable nutrients.
The main distinction to note when you’re thinking about bread is the quality. Instead of telling yourself that you’re going to avoid all bread, you can acknowledge the differences between an ultra-processed white bread and a healthier whole-grain bread.
Your typical white bread, like Wonder Bread, for example, contains added sugars, refined carbs, and tons of preservatives. Not only that, but it’s high in carbs, low in protein, and low in fiber. This can lead to more cravings and spikes in blood sugar, as well as contribute to weight gain if consumed on a regular basis.
But this isn’t the case for all bread. Plenty of brands are making whole-grain breads that provide high-quality nutrients with fewer scary preservatives.
When we asked Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, author of The First Time Mom’s Pregnancy Cookbook and Fueling Male Fertility about healthier types of bread we can try, she said that one of the healthiest breads you can buy is Dave’s Killer Bread Organic Good Seed Bread.
“Dave’s Killer Bread Organic Good Seed Bread is bold, hearty, and sweet, with 5 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber (12% of your daily recommended value), and 14 grams of whole grains per serving,” says Manaker.
According to Manaker, one of the best things about the Good Seed bread is how many nutrients and healthy ingredients you’ll find.
“The loaf’s signature seed mixture contains organic flax seeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic brown sesame seeds, and organic black sesame seeds, which contribute to the loaf’s epic nutritional value,” says Manaker. “Because of these nutritious ingredients, this bread has fiber, healthy fats (520 milligrams of ALA omega-3 per serving!), and protein, keeping you full and satisfied longer.”
This is in direct contrast to most of the white breads on the market, and “this bread has organic whole wheat as its first ingredient and it isn’t loaded with questionable ‘filler’ ingredients,” says Manaker.
Choosing a bread with higher levels of protein and fiber is a good choice for your health for multiple reasons. For one, this combo will help keep you full longer. The fiber also helps keep your blood sugar levels at bay and won’t cause a blood sugar spike like many white breads.
Also, eating enough fiber throughout the day is crucial in managing weight, preventing heart disease, having a healthy gut, and keeping your brain sharp. And according to an article published in Nutrients, dietary fiber from whole grains specifically can help you reach you daily fiber goals and feel healthier overall.
And lastly, Manaker adds that on top of its health benefits and nutrient density, Dave’s Killer Good Seed also tastes delicious, too.
“While there are many healthy breads out there, unfortunately, most miss the mark when it comes to taste and texture. This bread nails it when it comes to being a healthy bread option that actually tastes amazing and doesn’t have the consistency of cardboard.”