I am usually pretty good at reading labels and weeding out foods that don’t meet my own personal healthy guidelines. I strive to find products that are made with whole grains that offer more health benefits, lots of fiber and products that taste good as well as being good for me.
Over the holidays I wasn’t taking the time to read labels as I purchased some things in my very busy crowded Trader Joes! I ended up with two breads that although they tasted okay they don’t quite measure up to a hearty whole grain bread or the nutritional standards I like to maintain.
Buzz words like multi – grain doesn’t mean whole grain! Multi grain isn’t any good nutritionally if they are all refined grains.
Check out the ingredients and when it starts with the words “enriched” you know you don’t have a whole grain product. Had I read the ingredients rather than just glancing at the labels I would never have purchased these two breads.
This bread tastes pretty good but it is not at all filling. Katy picked this one out and since we didn’t read the label we didn’t know that it contained buckwheat flour which she is allergic to. We found out after she took a few bites and got that itchy throat thing going on, then we looked at the label. Lesson learned, read the ingredients before you buy!
Just looking at this loaf of bread it looks like a good pick. It had the right buzz words, Fat free, Multi Grain, No Preservatives, No Artificial Flavors! The ingredients list once again starts out with enriched flour. Bummer! It was right there on the front of the label too. This bread tasted really sweet and was not filling at all. It was pretty high in carbs for me. I won’t be buying it again. This is not a healthy choice.
Why buy Whole Grain products?
Whole Grain means the grain still has all three of its original elements.
1. the outer shell,or brand which contains fiber, and B vitamins.
2. the germ, which contains phytochemicals and B vitamins.
3. the endosperm which contains carbohydrates and protein.
The key is that they are whole and not “refined.” With Whole Grain you get more fiber and more micronutrients that help protect you against disease. They are absorbed more slowly than enriched or bleached flour and therefore they raise your glucose and insulin levels less, keeping you fuller longer and slowing down the digestion process.
This is my top bread choice for a Whole Grain product. I have posted about it before but it is so good that it deserves repeating!
The ingredient list got cut off in the photo but here is how it reads. Org. sprouted 100% whole wheat. filtered water, ORG sprouted barley, ORG sprouted millet, ORG malted barley, ORG sprouted lentils, ORG sprouted soybeans, ORG sprouted spelt, fresh yeast, ORG wheat gluten, seas salt and ORG sesame seeds.
This bread has a great flavor, love it toasted, it is very filling and it doesn’t make me crave more carbs. The sesame seeds really make it awesome! I find it in the freezer section at Whole Foods, Safeway and Raleys or Belair grocery stores. All natural and no preservatives means it spoils quickly that is why it is kept frozen. Only 14 carbs per slice but with 4 g protein per slice which helps to make it filling as well as 3g of fiber per slice.
There are also Food For Life buns, English muffins, cinnamon raisin bread and a plain bread.
My favorite hamburger and hot dog buns are made by the Alvarado ST Bakery. These are made with organic sprouted wheat. They have a nice flavor, are quite filling and don’t create any carb cravings for me. They also make a dinner roll that I like. In my area this brand is sold at Whole Foods and Raley’s and Belair grocery stores. Some Health Food stores also sell it. Note that it says 100% Whole Grain! This is food that tastes good and is good for you.
I keep them in the freezer as they do spoil quickly.
I have to admit that I do enjoy a slice or two of a really good sourdough bread now and then and I have read that because of the fermentation process in making the sourdough bread it has a very low impact on blood sugar levels. You can read more about it here. That is good news to me. I enjoy eating good bread!
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Do you have a favorite whole grain bread, bun, wrap or bread substitute to share about?