How to Choose the Best Bread

Bread has gotten such a bad rap  --  especially for those on diets  -- and frankly, who isn't trying to lose weight or at least maintain their current weight. I'd like to think that at some point the sound advice of eating a variety of foods and watching portions will become a natural way of thinking for all. There is no reason to punish oneself from not eating bread because of carbs, unless of course, you have some dietary restriction. But, I found these helpful bread-buying tips from WebMD for the next time you go to the supermarket, farmers' market or other food establishment.

Here are some bread-buying tips:
Go with the whole grain. Choose breads that list "whole" grain as the first ingredient, such as whole wheat, white whole wheat, or whole oats. "Wheat bread" is not necessarily a whole-grain product.
Downsize. To reduce portions, boost fiber intake, and improve whole-grain consumption, opt for whole-grain English muffins, bagel thins, and sandwich thins. Choose 2-ounce sandwich and hamburger buns.
Don't shop by color. Many whole-grain breads are darker than white bread, but food manufacturers may add molasses and food coloring to give their refined bread products a darker hue. Always check the ingredient label.
Bulk up. Choose whole-grain bread products with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving.

Don't "discount" bread from your diet because of calories or carbs. Simply try to make it part of your regular diet.

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