Bread is a staple part of a healthy eating pattern as it is low in fat and one of the best sources of fibre. It is made up of energy-providing carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals. Bread is an important component of healthy eating.
Of course we refer only to good quality, organic, wholegrain, preservative-free bread which provides the body with a fantastic source of complex carbohydrates. Carbohydrates provide the body with its preferred type of energy and are an important part of any healthy eating plan. Contrary to the claim that carbohydrates are ‘fattening’, including enough carbohydrates in our diet ensures that our body runs like a well-oiled machine. Carbohydrates play a fundamental role in living life to the fullest. They contribute to enjoying food, enhancing life, and providing eating satisfaction.
Wholegrain bread also provides B vitamins (to help the body convert food into energy efficiently), iron (for transporting oxygen around the body), zinc (for the growth of cells, healing and fighting infection), antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin E and selenium (which protect cells from damage by toxic substances including smoke pollution) and phyto-nutrients (plant substances that help protect against disease).
Bread is an important source of fibre. More than a quarter of our daily fibre intake comes from bread – essential for a healthy digestive system. Research shows that fibre may help to protect against certain cancers and type two diabetes. Six slices of wholegrain bread provide 70% of the recommended daily intake of fibre.