Healthytarian Minutes with holistic teacher Evita Ochel. This episode explains the quality problems with bread and shares guidelines to help you choose a healthier bread option.

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More information:

  1. Article: How to Choose the Best Bread
  2. Article: Healthy Bread — Food for Life’s Ezekiel

Video Transcript

Bread used to be a healthy staple of many diets. Unfortunately modern bread has turned into a problematic food source for our health, weight, and energy levels. Today’s bread is highly processed, uses refined grain products, added fats and sugars, and is high in sodium.

However there are several things you can do to pick a healthier bread and it all starts with reading the ingredients so that you:

  • Choose breads that are fully based on whole grain flours. Note that multigrain claims don’t guarantee whole grains.
  • Choose breads without added fats or oils.
  • Choose breads without added sugars.
  • Choose breads without artificial additives or preservatives.
  • Choose breads without genetically modified ingredients.
  • Choose breads based on organic ingredients, as much as possible.

If you need to or want to avoid gluten, look for gluten-free options that are as wholesome as possible, and also follow these guidelines.

Also, be sure to check the nutrition facts label to see the sodium level of your bread. The sodium amount per serving should be equal to or less than the amount of calories.

Ultimately, the healthiest bread you can choose is one made of whole, soaked, sprouted and/or fermented grains. This means a high quality sourdough bread or a true Ezekiel bread, which is flourless and extremely nutrient-dense.

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