The Benefits of Whole Grain Bread

Becki Andrus

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You wake up in the morning, ready to eat your early morning breakfast. What do you grab? A piece of white bread or a piece of whole grain bread? If you want to remain healthy, you should be grabbing for a piece of whole grain bread. Why? Eating whole grain breads can result in a variety of positive health outcomes. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of whole grains, continue reading this article. Throughout the article we will discuss what whole grains are, what benefits come along with eating whole grain breads, and what others foods should be combined with your breads to complete your healthy food diet.

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While many people know that whole grains are healthy for them, many do not know what they are or why they hold so much health value. For these people, let's examine what whole grain breads are and what makes them an essential part of our daily diet. As the name states, they are breads that consist of whole grains. What are whole grains? Whole grains are tiny kernels that contain each bran, germ, and endosperm. Each of these components contains a variety of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that, when contained in bread, help keep our bodies healthy. How do you know when a bread is whole grain? Usually, the front of the package will tell you that the bread is 100% whole grain or whole wheat. If the package does not say this, you may need to look on the ingredient label. If the bread is whole grain it will have 'whole wheat', 'whole meal', or 'whole corn' listed as it's main ingredient.

What are some common types of whole grain breads? There are many types of these breads available in your local supermarket. Some of the most popular whole grain breads include sliced breads, bagels, tortillas, and English muffins.

Now that we understand what whole grain breads are, let's take a look at why they are so healthy for us. Whole grain foods and breads are an essential part of our daily diet because, as mentioned previously, they provide us with a variety of much needed minerals, nutrients, and vitamins. There are three main motivating factors as to why people eat whole breads. Firstly, we should always begin our day off with a whole bread because whole grain breads contain carbohydrates that help to give us added energy to make it through the day. Not only do whole grain breads give us added energy, but they also keep our bodily systems healthy so that we can better fight off any illnesses or diseases. Finally, many people choose to eat whole grain foods because they can be beneficial to a weight loss diet. Whole grain foods contain a lot of fiber which helps our stomachs fill up faster so that we eat less, thereby consuming less calories.

When it comes to breakfast, whole breads can also be combined with other foods. Fruits, seeds, and nuts are all healthy foods that are great for a small breakfast side. During breakfast many people consume a dairy products (milk, yogurt, etc). If you can, try to avoid eating too many milk products. Doing so can be harmful to your health and can actually cause weight gain.

As you can probably see, the consumption of whole grain breads is extremely beneficial to our health. Whole grain breads provide our bodies with extra energy and protection, as well as help us to avoid weight gain. Begin shopping for whole grain foods today and be on your way to a healthier, happier lifestyle.


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  • Starlite5 says
    Here's a thought, why do the healthy stuff have to more expensive and in some cases way more expensive? I used to buy Vogel bread all the time but now it's like almost $5 a loaf! And when you have teenage boys that can go through 4 loaves of bread a day then wholemeal is the cheap but healthier option for our household. On saying that wholegrain is yummier but in our case the exception rather than the rule.
  • Wice says
    I enjoy wholemeal bread but I really don't eat a lot of bread full stop. Hubbie, on the other hand goes through about 3-4 loaves a week. He hates wholemeal as he says "It goes through him like a rocket!" I think this is simply because he is a runner and has a very fast metabolism. So in the end, hubbie of course wins through. Once every few months I buy a loaf of vogels or some other lovely textured bread. Invariably some of it get thrown out though as I just can't eat a whole loaf while it is still fresh.
    • New Member says
      I buy vogels and put it in the freezer. 10-15 seconds in the microwave defrosts it for a sandwich if you haven't thought to pull it out ten minutes earlier. Or for toast I just put it in the toaster...I usually have it on 3/4 dark and put it through twice to get it to the colour and crispiness I like.
    • Elisha says
      We eat 1 to 2 wholemeal bread a week. Kids help themself most of the time and its easy for us.

      3 years ago we use to buy for a $1 now it for $3/4. Other day i was thinking of making it at home.
    • Wice says
      Don't think about it, do it. Wholemeal bread is just as easy as white bread to make and costs a fraction of store bought. I love making bread myself but have a few friends whose husbands enjoy this job and won't let anyone else in the household take over the task! One even makes long french bread stick in a pipe he sawed in half horizontally! Just reminded me of a guy I used to work with who make fresh bread and used to bring little sweet rolls in for morning tea!
    • kathy says
      I must admit that we only eat wholegrain now. It lasts longer, has more fibre and is just as easy to make.

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