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The harder the bread (i.e., some flat breads, baguette bread), the less calories it contains because it is made up of less bread and you burn more calories due to more chewing.

Whole wheat bread is a very healthy option due to having complex carbohydrates as well as insoluble fiber, which can help prevent colon cancer.  When shopping for whole wheat bread, be sure to read the labels. Look for ones that say “100% whole wheat.”  You can identify whole wheat bread if the first ingredient listed in the ingredient label is whole wheat flour or 100% whole wheat flour.

Oat bread is another healthy choice. It contains soluble fiber, which is known to lower your cholesterol.

Rye bread is also a healthy option if the label says “unbolted” rye flour, which means it is a whole grain variety. Rye bread is made with flour from a rye grain. It is low in saturated fat, contains no cholesterol and is high in manganese, selenium, B vitamins,  and thiamine. “Unbolted” rye flour actually contains more fiber and nutrients than whole wheat flour.

Multi-grain bread is a very healthy option as long as the grains contained within them are whole grains. Multi- grain bread often contains a mixture of whole wheat and oat flour. It also may consist of other grains such as buckwheat and barley, along with seeds and some healthy nuts. When shopping for true multi-grain bread, read the labels and make sure the first ingredient reads  “100% whole grain.”  Whole grains are naturally low in fat and cholesterol free with 10% to 15% protein. They are loaded with fiber, resistant starch, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Great health benefits of whole grains include protection from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and some cancers.

Best ways to store bread

- Store bread in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Storing bread in the refrigerator causes bread to go stale faster due to moisture being drawn out of the bread.

 - For long-term storage/shelf life for bread not eaten right away, freezing is the best option. Allow the frozen bread to thaw slowly at room temperature.