As always, read the labels. Many people have the misconception that because it’s ‘wrap’, it’s healthy. I’ve seen way too many wraps with a ton of added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Don’t be fooled into thinking that a wrap is a ‘health food’.
Whether it’s a wrap or sliced bread, make sure you look for whole grain bread with the fewest ingredients. Once you do that, take the following things into consideration:
- Read the label. Checking the ingredients is key and should be a strategy you use every time you go food shopping. Look for whole grains such as wheat, rye, corn or amaranth. The important thing here is that the whole grain is listed first.
- Don’t fall for clever marketing. Just because the name of the bread has the word ‘multigrain’ in it doesn’t mean it contains whole grains. Some of these ‘multigrain’ breads contain refined grains and flours but not much actual whole grain.
- It’s all about the fiber. When looking for a whole grain bread, make sure it provides at least two grams of fiber for every 100 calories.
- Shorter is better. The shorter the list of ingredients, the better. Your goal should be to come as close to the bread having only these ingredients as possible: whole-wheat flour, water and yeast.Whatever your bread, it’s best to know your flour. Better quality flour will, as in all cooking make a difference to the finished product.
Most of this advice is actually applicable to more than just bread. To make sure you’re eating is supporting your fat loss goals, it’s a good idea to always read the labels, eat foods that are high in fiber and contain as few ingredients as possible. That’s advice you can’t go wrong with, whether you’re trying to lose weight or not.