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Trying to shop for the best ingredients can be extremely overwhelming, especially if you’re looking for a healthy bread. Many types of bread on grocery store shelves are full of weird ingredients and preservatives in order to help them stay fresh on the shelf for longer periods of time.
This is why many people are afraid to buy bread if they’re trying to eat healthier, but in reality, the right bread can be a part of a healthy diet!
We asked dietitians to weigh in on their picks for the grocery store breads that are made with the highest-quality ingredients so that you can feel confident sticking to your health goals on your next shopping trip. Read on, and for more, don’t miss 5 Breads Made From the Lowest Quality Ingredients, Say Dietitians.
“Ezekiel 4:9 is the ultimate healthy bread. Made from sprouted grains and legumes, this bread is jam-packed with nutrients and loaded with fiber. No fillers, no added sugar, and with a small amount of salt, this bread is of the utmost quality,” says Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, author of The First Time Mom’s Pregnancy Cookbook and Fueling Male Fertility, and member of our expert medical board.
“This Multigrain bread is made with organic sprouted whole wheat and a slew of good-for-you-additions like quinoa, millet, and barley. This bread is loaded with quality ingredients and contains key nutrients,” says Manaker.
“Dave’s Killer Bread is a dietitian favorite pick for me because it typically contains 3-4 grams of fiber and 4-5 grams of protein per slice! Both protein and fat slow digestion, helping you get full faster and stay full longer,” says Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, author of The Sports Nutrition Playbook and member of our expert medical board.
“This vegan, organic sprouted bread line is made with whole wheat, whole rye, whole seeds, and dried, no-sugar-added fruits and shelled nuts. It only uses the highest quality ingredients and leaves out ingredients that can sacrifice health like oils and salt,” says Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT, and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT, also known as The Nutrition Twins. “Most breads contain a hefty dose of salt, comparable to the amount found in a serving of potato chips, so Manna bread is very unique and a great option for people who need to avoid sodium due to high blood pressure and other health issues,” they add.
“Made with non-GMO, organic sprouted wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt, there are no preservatives, shortenings, or refined sugars in these nutrient-packed breads. The sprouting process is used to break down the starches in the grains so the body can digest them more easily and absorb more minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and zinc. Sprouting also increases vitamin C and B vitamins and Food for Life even uses filtered water in the sprouting process,” say The Nutrition Twins.
“Unlike the majority of gluten-free breads that contain refined grains and more salt, sugar, and preservatives and fewer nutrients compared to regular bread, Happy Campers throws all of that out the window. This certified Gluten-Free and USDA Organic bread is made from all whole Ancient Grains including millet, sorghum, buckwheat, quinoa, and amaranth, and research shows that ancient grain consumption improves cardiovascular health, blood sugar, and digestion. Happy Campers ingredients also include prebiotic fiber psyllium husk and acacia fiber, all fibers that are good for your gut,” say The Nutrition Twins.