Looking at the bakery aisle in the supermarket can be a daunting task. How do you even choose? There are some bread buying mistakes you can make, yes, but those can be avoided if you know what they are. So just read on below to find out.
4 bread buying mistakes to never make again
1. Getting bread with added sugar
When buying bread, one should always look at the label for the bread and look for any hidden sugar. It’s sometimes added to change the flavor and moisture level of the loaves. But you don’t want that in your morning toast, we promise you. But the label won’t be saying ‘sugar’ per se, so look for these keywords: ‘cane juice’, ‘corn syrup’, ‘honey’ even.
2. Buying items with additives
Since we’re on the topic of looking at the label, then make sure to see if the bread has any preservatives so that it keeps longer. You want to get fresh bread, not a loaf with too many additives.
3. Ignoring the salt
Your body doesn’t react very well when it ingests too much salt. So for the purpose of monitoring your sodium intake, also see how much of it there is in the bread you want to buy. So how much should you look for? Something that has 150 mg of sodium per serving, at most.
And if you know that you’re a salt fiend, then it’s time to get that under control. Here’s what to do to lower your sodium intake.
4. Not minding deceptive labels
So you should know that ‘all-natural’ on a label doesn’t tell you much. The white flour could still be unhealthy, and also have sugar. Look for ‘organic’ instead. Make sure you get bread made with whole wheat flour because that has way more nutrients than the regular one.
Another misleading element is the presence of the words ‘multi-grain’. Even if there are multiple grains in the loaf you are getting , that doesn’t mean that they’re whole grains that haven’t been stripped of nutrients through processing.
And the last thing about this, know that whole wheat and whole grain are not the same thing. Whole grain bread could contain other grains, while whole wheat will only contain one grain – wheat.