Food Tips: 3 Healthy, Delicious Breads to Eat

Food The List
By: Jared Cotter | Todd Covelli Posted: 9:08 PM, Jan 22, 2018

Learn how to pick delicious breads that can be healthy and nutritious for you. Each new year brings new food trends. Recently, it’s been kale, bone broth and cauliflower mac and cheese. But for 2018, bread is back up. You read that right! From fancy New York restaurants to store-bought loaves, bread is rising in 2018.


While this warm, tasty stable gets a bad rap, bread can be healthy, too. We consulted with bread guru Louis Basile, from Wildflower Bread Company, who says picking which breads to eat is all about knowing the ingredients, and what’s used to make the bread rise.  


1. Caraway Rye Bread



Louis prefers natural leaveners because they help the bread retain more nutrients and flavor – like the Caraway rye, the first bread on our list. “It’s whether it’s naturally leavened, or whether it’s using some sort of commercial yeast to make that bread rise,” Louis explains. Rye bread get its healthy start with lactate bacteria. That may sound complicated, but it’s not – it’s what helps give this bread its digestive superpowers. “It [also] gets rid of something called phytic enzymes,” Louis adds. “Those keep the food particles attached to your intestine, and you don’t get the full nutrients.” Rye also has a low glycemic index, mean it can help keep blood sugar levels balanced.


2. Sourdough Bread



Louis says sourdough bread is also great for digestion! “It’s like a probiotic […], and those are awesome for the digestive system.” This bread also packs an added bonus! The probiotics combined with the sourdough’s natural acidity acts as a natural preservative. That means this bread will stay fresh for up to a week, all naturally of course.


3. Whole Grain Wheat Bread



Last on our healthy bread list is whole grain wheat bread. Well, at least it’s kind of healthy. Whole grain wheat breads pack more protein and fiber than other breads, but the grains themselves are sometimes just a marketing hype. “It’s probably going to taste better, especially if you like grains. But that doesn’t necessarily equate to a healthier loaf of bread,” warns Louis.


So what’s the bottom line on healthy breads? Like any other food, a little goes a long way. “Everything we’re talking about is in moderation,” Louis insists. “There’s never anything that’s all good for you, or all bad for you.” Sounds reasonable to us.


From a slice of rye to a chunk of sourdough – bread is rising!