There are so many types of bread and it can be so hard to determine firstly if we should be eating bread at all and then which bread is best for us to eat.
Bread is a nutritious food that is low in fat and provides a source of important vitamins, minerals, fibre, carbohydrate and protein. Wholemeal and wholegrain breads are best because they have the highest amount of fibre, minerals and vitamins. However, white bread is ok too, especially if the snacking alternative is a salty cracker biscuit and it is eaten infrequently.
I recommend eating at least half of your grain foods as wholegrains, and bread can be
a great source of wholegrains and seeds. Therefore, ideally everyday bread should be wholemeal or wholegrain and save the white bread options for the weekend.
If you insist on only eating white bread, try the fibre-increased option. These breads have boosted fibre content so they are better than traditional white bread, however they are not as nutritious as wholemeal due to the lack of the wheat grain elements.
Sourdough bread can be a good choice for people who feel bloated after eating bread. Sourdough is made with a sourdough starter which is comprised of live wild yeasts. These yeasts tend to be easier to digest and therefore reduce the instances of bloating.
Bread and carbohydrates in general are often eliminated by people who are trying to lose weight, and this is not necessary. There can be a benefit to reducing bread
consumption when trying to lose weight and that is no longer eating the butter or cheese that went with the bread. However the bread itself is an important fuel for our brains and wholegrain options will help to fill you up so that you don't snack on unhealthy options between meals.
So yes, the right type of bread is good for you. So enjoy some crusty wholegrain sourdough for lunch!! Enjoy!