Finding the Best Slices of Bread
While buying bread should be easy, it pays to check the label. Here are some tips for making healthy choices.
- Look for labels on bread that states “100% whole grain” or ”100% whole wheat”. If the label reads “wheat bread” this product is not a whole grain product.
- While bread does not usually taste salty, some breads contain quite a bit of salt. Check the sodium content per slice which is found in the Nutrition Facts label. Bread that contains 200 to 250 milligrams of sodium per slice can add up quickly. Remember people over the age of 51 should not have more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.
- Check the serving size. Some serving sizes for breads are typically one slice. Serving sizes for some “lighter” types of breads may be two or three slices.
- A slice of bread used to weigh an ounce. Some slices weigh 1 ¼ ounces or 1 ½ ounces, so they contain more calories.