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A guide to selecting the most nutritious bread.

Multigrain, 12-grain, oat nut...they all sound healthy. But you'll need to look closer to make sure you're getting all the good stuff that comes only from true whole grains. Amy Jamieson-Petonic, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, says to look for:

  • The world "whole" before any, or at least the first, grain or flour in the ingredients list.
  • Two to three grams of fiber per slice. Pay attention to serving sizes -- many labels say two grams of fiber, but that may be for two slices, not one.
  • Fewer than 100 calories per slice. Low-calorie or light varieties often supply all the same fiber and other nutrients for only about 70 calories per two-slice serving.

Our Picks

  • Arnold Bakery Light 100% Whole Wheat
  • Wonder White Bread Fans 100% Whole Grain
  • Pepperidge Farms 100% Whole Wheat Thin Sliced Bread

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2006.


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indie_ana_500 wrote:

Nature's Own Double Fiber bread has 50 calories and 5 grams of dietary fiber. That's the most fiber I've run across, compared with calories. Boo-yah.

1/26/2014 09:40:45 AM Report Abuse
lfgodoy wrote:

Personally, I think a sprouted grain bread is the best and healthiest option. Whole wheat is better than regular white bread, but the sprouted bread appears to have even more as far as nutritional value is concerned. I outlined why on my blog

7/12/2012 09:22:39 PM Report Abuse
stkjoc101 wrote:

Wow - what sort of testing samples did you guys use? It doesn't sound like it was many - there are many more healthy breads than what you mentioned. I think the Nature's Own Double Fiber Whole Wheat is excellent. Besides - I noticed that this was "reprinted" from 2006 - looks like you could use an update before you post this.

7/12/2012 05:19:50 PM Report Abuse
nscrbug20 wrote:

my fav is sprouted bread like Ezekial

4/13/2011 09:16:02 PM Report Abuse
wcarvergirl wrote:

natures own whole wheat bread comes in at 50 calories a slice,

4/8/2011 09:52:27 PM Report Abuse

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