by Shanice Miranda, Cora Health.
Can you imagine the warm, divine smell that comes through as you walk past a bakery? To me, freshly baked bread is truly irresistible and yet so many of us shy away from it because of the excess carbs that hound it. In various forms, these baked delights have been a staple in different cultures since 8000 B.C and there is a reason for that - when food was scarce, loaves of bread were cheap, filling and nourishing sources of energy. We do not have to give up on the soft, fluffy goodies because there are healthier options that can act as a perfect companion to our dishes.
Here are 9 kinds of bread that will satiate your appetite and supplement your diet:
1. Whole Wheat Bread
In white bread, the bran and germ of the kernel are removed and so are all the essential elements in it. Whole Wheat makes use of the whole kernel which is full of fiber, vitamin B, folate and potassium which makes it a far better alternative to regular loaves. The nutrient content of whole wheat bread may help us optimize digestion, manage our weight and keep our hearts healthy.
2. Sourdough Bread
This type of bread has become a desirable option as a base for pizza due to its distinctive, tangy taste. The grain is fermented with wild yeast and the dough rises during this process. Sourdough bread is loaded with several nutrients like fiber, magnesium, zinc and has lower phytate levels than normal bread. Phytate is a compound that can block the absorption of nutrients and hence, the lower concentration is ideal for gut health, diabetes and digestion (1).
3. Banana Bread
This subset of whole wheat bread has a natural sweetness from the wonderful bananas in it. Bananas have plenty of protein in them that aid muscle recovery and balance blood sugar. Banana bread also has healthy fats which can suppress the risks of cardiovascular disease and lowers cholesterol. This sweet treat will keep you full during your busy day!
4. Gluten-Free Bread
For those with celiac disease or an aversion towards gluten, this can be a great choice. Gluten-free bread is a beneficial alternative for better digestion. As it is usually made from fiber-rich flours like that made from flax meal, it can be a nourishing addition to your diet. It may result in less inflammation and maintain your energy levels at the same time.
5. Garlic Bread
We have seen this divine-smelling bread used as a side dish with salads, pasta and pizza(Yum) So, how can this bread benefit our health? Garlic, besides being tasty is good for your heart, atherosclerosis, cholesterol and digestion. Garlic bread made with whole wheat may promote immunity and healthy digestion. Enjoy this delicacy with your meals, keeping your well-being in mind.
6. Quinoa Bread
Being gluten-free, quinoa forms a fantastic wheat alternative, providing all nine essential amino acids. Heaped with minerals and vitamins, it is suitable for the advancement of physical health. Quinoa bread is packed with potent plant antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber that may strengthen both your heart and liver. It is also shown to have a low glycemic index which makes it ideal for weight loss and diabetes. Try this one out for a hearty snack!
7. Multigrain Bread
The coming together of grains like rye, bran, oats and maize bring you more positive effects on your health when compared to white bread. Multigrain bread is full of fiber which may assist your weight loss journey and will keep your mid-meal craving to a minimum. This bread might also benefit your heart against conditions like strokes. The combination of different seeds and grains in the bread gives it a desirable taste and texture for some interesting recipes.
8. Ragi Bread
Ragi is an outstanding source of fiber and nutrients that enables a bunch of benefits- no wonder my mom kept telling me to eat more ragi! Ragi bread has the potential to slow down the signs of premature ageing, stimulate digestion and reduce the risk of diabetes. The presence of vitamins C and E also makes it superb for your skin and health. If you are anemic, the iron content of ragi makes this a great option for you.
9. Pita Bread
When you think of pita bread, you automatically think HUMMUS! Besides being used in this mouth-watering pairing, how else can we best make use of it? Based on the flour used, pita bread can have a variety of impacts. If whole wheat is used, the fiber and nutrients may help manage diabetes, constipation and keep your heart healthy.
Bread is such a versatile food that can be used in unique ways- From toast to pudding, you can never go wrong with these incredibly baked loaves! Get a head-start on your healthy lifestyle today with these hot breads, made with love.