06 Dec This Dietitian’s Pantry Staple: Bread
I regularly get asked whether bread is a nutritional no no. If only I had a dollar for every time that happened!
Bread has been around for centuries. In fact, it dates back to biblical times. So I’m a little puzzled why people seem to be so confused about whether or not to eat it. I, for one, love bread and am a fervent believer that it can form part of a healthy diet. And that’s why it’s one of my pantry staples.
This nutritious pantry staple is jam-packed full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, complex carbohydrates and fibre. Two slices of grainy bread (the pick of the bunch) provide about 30g of long sustaining carbohydrates, 4g of fibre and a good whack of vitamins and minerals such as thiamine, riboflavin, folate, iodine, vitamin E and potassium. And you get all that for about 600Kj, depending on the size of the slices.
It can be said that eating top-quality grains can be compared to putting premium fuel into a high-performance race car. The evidence shows that eating high-quality carbohydrate grains, like those found in bread will help to optimise your physical and mental performance. That’s reason enough for me.
I am a big fan of the humble sandwich – the old Aussie lunchtime staple. I load it up with lean meats, fish, low-fat cheese and plenty of salad veggies. I also love a slice or two of crunchy grainy toast with my eggs and avocado on a Sunday morning. And nothing beats baked beans on toast for a quick and easy meal.
So, should you include bread in your diet too? The evidence says absolutely. Just dough it.