Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Why Wednesdays: Why is it so difficult to find whole grain bread without sugar or preservatives?



Ladies,  Have you ever looked at the ingredients on the back of breads in your supermarket? Ever notice that there are 25+ ingredients? Ever tried to pronounce any of these ingredients? Last week I spent an hour in my local supermarket trying to find a whole grain bread without high fructose corn syrup, sugar, or a ton of preservatives. Do you know what I found? Nada. There are several brands that present themselves as the healthy choice. Labels like whole grain, whole wheat, multigrain, lo-cal etc. But if you  look at the label you will see that they still have a ton of sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). So in the end I had to settle for the item with the lowest amount of sugar. I know some sugar is okay in moderation but these days manufacturers sneak sugar and (HFCS) into everything. It is so unnecessary. If you are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle you need to be aware that there is sugar in foods that really do not require it.

Another issue with bread purchased in the supermarket are all the random preservatives. Have you ever noticed how quickly bread from a bakery gets stale? It is usually within one day, unlike most packaged breads which lasts for weeks.
So, if you are watching your sugar intake and trying to get you family to eat healthier you must pay attention to the labels. 

Here are a few recommendations for purchasing a healthy whole grain bread:

1. Trader Joes and Whole Foods (the generic 365 brand) have loaves of whole grain bread for less than 3 bucks. My favorite is the soft wheat from Trader Joes.

2. Buy Bakery fresh baguettes (at your local super market or bakery)

3. Feel like Baking?? Bake your own bread! Check out this site http://wholewheatbreadrecipe.blogspot.com/


Comment!

Any suggestions for a healthy whole grains bread?


 

17 comments:

Samantha said...

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Ms. Moore said...

Baking whole grain bread is one of my favorite things to do because you really don't need a recipe. With a whole wheat flour base, I've experimented with adding oats, cornmeal, potatoes (which makes it really soft), flax seed, etc...

Lorretta A Walker said...

The only whole grain bread I have been able to find in the health food store where I live (upstate NY) is by Rudi's. They have a variety of breads and rolls, none of which have HFCS. The ingredients are non preservatives and easy to understand. But they cost around $4-5. When it starts getting cold again, I will try to bake bread.

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Anonymous said...

Depending on where you are, Ezekiel bread. Found in the freezer of the organic section in the grocery store.

mutuelle dans l'entreprise said...

Thank you for this post

vivape said...

I have been doing this for a week now, life changing.

Plus Size Workout with The Curvy Goddess said...

Make your own. It's easy. Use almond flour or coconut flour. Grain based products are not good for anyone's health long-term.

Elfer said...

Things it's difficult because they connected each others but it's nit mission impossible, so we can keep searching the best ingredients without those things - at least we can minimize it - and grain bread can help our diets to burn the fat build the muscle

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I am a bread lover at heart! I've been working on cutting back on my intake. You should visit this site, it has helped me...

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Anonymous said...

Food For Life Brand -Ezekiel Bread found in stores like Trader Joes, EarthFare. No sugar, no preservatives found in the freezer.

Arizer Solo said...

I can never seem to find it, if you do, let me know. thanks, Solo Arizer

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Sweatn' with Sybil said...

It is hard to find whole grain bread w/out all the additives. I was shocked. I have started baking my own bread. I will check out the baking your own bread blog you linked to. I love your blog and look forward to reading more of it.

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