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Brown Bread Is Not Necessarily High in Fiber

Don't Judge Bread by Its Color

When it comes to bread, it is not safe to assume that all brown bread is full of fiber. There are many breads out there that are really white bread darkened with caramel coloring or molasses, and neither of those ingredients offer much in the way of fiber. You need to read the nutrition label and the list of ingredients to make sure you are getting whole-grain bread. When reading labels look for the words: whole wheat, whole grain, whole mill, whole oat, or whole barley. The keyword is "whole." Also check the fiber content of the bread and go for the highest amount possible. I like my sliced bread to contain four grams of fiber per slice, but will settle for three grams, especially if the sugar content is low.

Remember that you should be eating 30 grams of fiber daily. Just think, at four grams a slice, a sandwich can get you 25 percent of the way there.


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uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
I've become incredibly anal about ONLY buying bread that does not have HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP in it! First I look for WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR as the #1 ingredient, then I search to make sure the HFCS is not in there. If I'm at a regular grocery store I might go through 4 or 5 loaves until I find one I'll buy. At Whole Foods it's a little easier to find though. WHY WHY WHY do they make it so hard to find a healthy bread???
emalove emalove 9 years
I love whole wheat and dark rye breads. I'll pretty much eat any kind of bread actually, as long as it's not white bread.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Yep, I only eat whole wheat bread too. My husband doesn't get the difference between whole wheat bread and just regular wheat bread. But yeah, the cheapo "wheat" bread doesn't have a lot of whole grain in it.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
I'm so glad you posted this Fit. I use to think that if it was brown bread, it was healthier. But not so much. I do tend to read the ingredients and try to stay away from enriched wheat flour. I'm really liking the Ezekiel 4:19 bread.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I only eat whole wheat bread. :)
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