Every now and then we like to post about the nutrients in every-day foods. We feel it’s important to do this for 2 reasons:
- to help nurture your outer wisdom. That is, what’s in food and how it helps our health
- highlight that regular old [untrendy] foods are just as good as the popular fad food of the moment
Today’s food is uh-oh - the humble loaf of bread. Much loved and much feared by many a soul.
So is it “good for us”? Well YES. All food is good for us. The only time to steer clear of bread would be a) you have a bonafide food intolerance or allergy and b) we just can’t think of any other time.
So you like bread and you want to eat it? Then let’s flex your outer wisdom muscle and explore some fun nutrient facts.
9 nutrients in bread all bread lovers should know about
1. To start with. Fibre
We need fibre. It helps with keeping us full, keeping us going and above all is awesome for gut health (for a host of different reasons).
The wholegrain breads have the most – at about 2 or 3 grams of fibre in a slice.
Many people would see this as a negative but it’s not! Carbs are needed by our bodies. They give us energy and our brains would not tick without them.
Some types of carbs like wholegrains tend to be a bit slower acting in our body and so our blood sugar levels don’t rise as quickly. These can be helpful for those folks with Diabetes.
Not many people know bread actually contains protein.It has a key role of growth and repair in our body. It also makes us feel full and/or satisfied.
A slice of bread usually contains about 3 or 4 grams of protein per slice. To give you a sense of what this means – an apple gives you about 0.4g; an egg about 5 or 6g protein; and a small tin of salmon about 20-25g.
and now for the vitamins & minerals…
Really important for oxygen transport in our body.
Involved in loads of reactions in our body including bone maintenance and growth, muscle health and nerve health.
6. B vitamins
Like folate, niacin and thiamin – too many functions to mention but the most important one to know about is the production of energy in our bodies.
Important for our immune system, wound healing and forming our DNA and protein.
Well known for involvement with bone health (hint – it’s not just about calcium).
Involved with loads of things like the processing of cholesterol, carbs and protein plus it’s involved with our bone health.
Need a bread recipe?
If you fancy having a crack at making your own bread, here are a few to try:
- Jamie Oliver’s Basic Bread Recipe
- Teresa Cutter’s Irish Soda Spelt Bread recipe
- or better yet, head to a bakery class at the Bourke St Bakery in Sydney!