Not all breads are created equal—here’s how to toast the best.
Any way you slice it, bread is a dietary staple for many athletes, mostly because bread provides a convenient way to consume the necessary energy-boosting carbohydrates in the form of breakfast toast or a lunch sandwich. But with deceiving health claims and ingredient names, picking the healthiest bread can be tricky business. Here’s how to bag the best loaf.
To assure your sandwiches deliver more nutrition in each bite, look for wheat breads that are made mostly with whole-wheat flour. This means that the germ and bran of the wheat kernel, which harbors the lion’s share of its nutrients and fiber, are present in the bread. A 2012 study in the European Journal of Nutrition found that higher intakes of whole-grain breads can improve blood sugar control and reduce heart-hampering inflammation.
The bread & butter: Pay close attention to the ingredient list and avoid wheat breads that list wheat flour or unbleached flour as the first item, both euphemisms for white flour. You want to see the word “whole” before any flours listed in the ingredient list or “100 percent whole wheat” on the front of the package.