by Niki Kefala
Bread provides over 10% of the calcium in our diet. You may have heard potential benefits of low-carbohydrate diets and some reasons to avoid bread, but bread products can be the foundation of a healthy, low-fat diet. They provide essential nutrients, and can be a satisfying component of any meal. Choose whole-grain or enriched bread products, and avoid those with added sugars or saturated fats.
We need to eat more fibre. Bread contains fibre
Calcium helps maintain healthy bones and teeth.
Folate is needed for the formation of healthy red blood cells. It occurs naturally in wheat and flour
Iron is needed to transport oxygen round the body. Most young women do not eat enough iron, therefore most young women should probably eat more bread.
5: It’s low in sugar, salt and fat
Bread is low in sugar, salt and fat.
6: It’s everywhere
It’s sold in supermarkets, bakeries, local shops, petrol stations, train stations. You can even freeze it.
7: You can eat it how you like it
You can toast it, fry it, crumb it; eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, or for a midnight snack. There is a bread-centric meal for anyone and everyone: beans on toast, Welsh rarebit, egg and soldiers, croquet monsieur, croutons, bread and honey …. you name it!
8: It tastes great
On its own; slathered in butter; hidden under beans or scrambled eggs; torn into salad…
9: What to choose?
Sliced white, wholemeal, sourdough, flatbread, brioche, focaccia, bara brith, fruit loaf … the list goes on (and on). There are over 200 types of bread available and the choice is yours!