November is National Bread Month and we admit: We’d rather have great bread than a steak! We received an email from nutritionist Dietitian Desiree Nielsen about healthier bread options, and we’re passing them on to you.
Bread often gets a bad rap with fingers pointing to it for empty calories, refined carbs, diet-unfriendly and more.
Desiree offers some myth busters so you can feel no guilt about enjoying bread in your diet. Disclosure: She partners with Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery, so these tips focus on sprouted grains.
But sprouted grains are great! Silver Hills sprouted breads were our Top Pick Of The Week earlier this year. We found Silver Hills breads to be much tastier than other brands we tried.
It’s not just sliced bread. Silver Hills also makes bagels, buns, and tortillas. We just had one of the bagels for breakfast!
MYTH: Whole Grain Breads are the Healthiest
This statement is largely accurate. We know that whole grains are healthy. But what many of us don’t know is that sprouted whole grains are even better, unlocking more nutrition your body can use. Sprouted grains:
MYTH: All Bread is Vegan
Beyond the basic flour, water, and salt, many breads contain additional ingredients. These can include fats; sweeteners such as corn syrup, honey, or sugar; eggs; or dairy-based ingredients like butter or whey. Read the labels, and if you want bread that is 100% plant-based, choose brands that are certified vegan.
MYTH: Bread Doesn’t Have Protein
For those looking to up their protein intake, turn to sprouted bread. When grains begin to sprout, vital enzymes are released, breaking down starch stores and digestive inhibitors.
This is why sprouted grains have lower glycemic index levels as well as increased soluble fiber and protein. Some, like Silver Hills sprouted breads, have 6–7g of protein per slice.
And by the way, the flavor of sprouted breads are more complex and flavorful than standard white or whole wheat breads.
Bread Isn’t Diet Friendly
Not all carbs are created equal. Eliminating bread carbs across the board means eliminating some great sources of fiber and nutrients.
Whole sprouted grains have complex carbs. Essential nutrients, like B vitamins and vitamin C, are made more available to the body, giving you a boost of focus, mental alertness, and greater energy to power through your day.
Are you ready to take a bite?
> What are sprouted foods?
> The different types of bread.