Bread sales figures have risen and fallen over the last few years. Diet trends, as well as an increase in the availability of fast foods, saw the sales of bread fall by more than 10% towards the beginning of the decade. However, these figures have crept up again over recent months and years. The precise reasons for this are still relatively unclear, however, it goes to show that the misconception that bread is unhealthy doesn’t hold as much weight as some may think. Too much of anything can be unhealthy, but the body needs carbs as its fuel to work optimally. This needs to be balanced with protein, fibre and other nutrients, however, Best of Both bread and other carbohydrates should be a staple in every healthy diet.

There are plenty of types of bread to choose from, but what’s best for you? From Best of Both bread to seeded loaves, we’ve got the lowdown on the healthiest bread you can eat and why it’s important to feature bread in your diet.

Best of Both Bread

When ‘Best of Both bread’ was first advertised, it made a splash as a great way of getting kids to eat healthier types of bread. Picky children may refuse to eat brown bread, but only eating white bread can be bad for your health. White sliced loaves have often got much more sugar and additives in them than wholemeal. Best of Both bread, however, has the same taste as white bread with much more nutritional value. Hovis’ ‘Best of Both’ has double the wheatgerm of wholemeal bread with a taste much more similar to white bread. Best of Both bread is still less nutritious than other types of bread, however, it’s much more palatable for those who are picky about their food.

Ezekiel Bread

Ezekiel bread is often described as the healthiest type of bread on the market. This kind of bread contains absolutely no sugar and is made from completely organic ingredients. The wholegrains used in Ezekiel bread are sprouted which changes the nutritional value of the grains and improves them. The wheat, millet, barley and spelt grains are allowed to sprout and are then processed with soybeans and lentils and then baked.

As well as having superior nutritional value, Ezekiel bread is also high in protein, vegan friendly and can even help people to lower their cholesterol!

Flaxseed Loaf

If you’re a vegan, you might struggle to get the Omega-3 fatty acids associated with eating fish. It’s incredibly difficult to get these nutrients in any other food group. However, flax seeds are an alternative source of omega and so are an excellent choice for those who eat no animal byproducts. Flaxseed bread is also very low in carbs and calories, so it’s a good choice for those who are seeking to lose weight but still want to enjoy bread in the morning,

Rye Bread

Rye bread is understood to be one of the most healthy types of bread available. Studies have shown that rye bread can reduce cholesterol and, therefore, improve heart health. As well as this it can be beneficial for controlling blood sugar levels which helps those with diabetes. As rye bread is filling and relatively low in carbs as well, you will remain fuller for longer and eat less. This can lead to weight loss as well as the other associated benefits.

Wholemeal Multigrain Seeded Loaf

Multigrain seeded loaves are a great source of nutrients. The wholemeal flour is a great source of slow-release energy and the seeds in the load are great for packing in protein and other essential nutrients.

Sourdough

During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, Instagram and Facebook were awash with families making sourdough loaves. Not only are they great fun to make with the family, but sourdough is also good for you! Sourdough is left to ferment over many days, which is where it gets its name, texture, shape and taste from.

Sourdough is rich in iron, and selenium which can help improve the immune system and protect our cells. As well as this, it is full of B vitamins which are great for regulating metabolism which can help us stay slim. Like some of the other types of bread in this list, sourdough is also rich in protein and also contains probiotic benefits which keep your gut in good shape. This makes sourdough easier to digest which improves vitamin absorption in the body.

Oat Bread

There’s a reason why porridge is always described as an excellent way to consume good carbs: the oats. Oats have always been described as one of the very best ways to source slow-release energy carbs that will fill you up as well as provide plenty of protein. However, many people simply don’t like the consistency of porridge. If that sounds like you, you can eat oat bread instead. Oat bread has the same nutritional value as porridge but is easier for many people to eat.

Oat bread is high in protein and can even help to reduce digestive issues, diabetes and some cancers.

Gluten-Free Bread

For those who are living with gluten intolerance, it can be difficult to find anything that is appropriate to eat! Gluten-free bread contains no wheat, rye or barley and is replaced with a choice of different starches. These may include rice flour, potato flour, corn, tapioca or a nut-based flour. Gluten-free food is not necessarily recommended for those who don’t have a disease like Celiac disease. The removal of gluten takes away much of the nutritional value of bread and the products are often far more expensive.

Some diet fads encourage people to strip gluten from their diet, however, these are simply unsustainable. Diets should not completely remove an entire food group from your eating habits as then you might pile the weight back on once you’re finished with the diet.

Protein Bread

Finally, you can purchase tailor-made protein bread. This bread is an excellent addition to a diet which is designed to aid muscle growth or weight loss. Protein bread is often made with whey protein isolate as well as seeds like flax and sunflower seeds. This type of bread is made specifically for those wanting to dramatically increase their intake of protein to aid exercise.

Freshways: Wholesale Suppliers of Best of Both Bread, Dairy Products and Much More

Whether you are a large catering business or a small cafe, Freshways can supply you with everything you require to be a success. We’re wholesale dairy suppliers and also specialise in a range of other products including Best of Both bread. We provide wholesale foods and products across the entire UK and have been doing so for decades. Working with bakeries, cafes, hotels and much more, we have a wealth of experience in the industry.

All of the products that we supply are high quality and we always endeavour to provide the very best customer service possible. By choosing us as your supplier, you can ensure that all of the products you need to arrive with you on time and that your customers enjoy the best quality produce. Whatever your needs, we can find a solution to suit you.

To find out more about our services, please feel free to contact us today. You can find us at our head office at 16 Eastman Road, Acton, London, W3 7YG. Alternatively, call us on 0203 696 7960 or email us at nfo@freshways.co.uk.