KENDILYNN - I buy Grainfield's Bakery 100% Whole Grain Rye Sourdough for my kids sometimes (I don't eat gluten). I get it at my local health food store.
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Ezekiel though it can take some time to get used to is the most natural with the least ingredients. There is also a brand called Alvarado street and Rudis that makes some good whole grain breads I like whole wheat pita bread which many don't have a million ingredients in Some whole grain breads have a lot of additives or have artificial sweetener. I don't have an issue with that but some people do.
Bread is one product that's still mostly local/regional, so brand names would only be useful if the come from someone who lives near you. You've gotten good advice already on how to choose a good one from what's available near you. The main thing is to look at the ingredients list, not the front of the package, adn get something where every grain listed has the word "whole" in front of it. (The exception would be oats/oatmeal. Oats are almost never refined, so sometimes they don't bother taking up space with the word whole.)
Also look into making your own. Everybody thinks it's hard, but in fact it is incredibly easy to make bread. You do have to do it when you're going to be at home for a few hours because there's lots of waiting time, but there are no-knead recipes that take less than 10 minutes of active working time. If you make your own, you know exactly what's in it, and you'll also find that you save money even if you buy the most expensive, fancy flours.
Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread in my opinion is the best whole grain bread on the market. It's more expensive, but I feel it's worth the extra cost. You'll find it in the frozen section of the natural food section of your grocery store or in a health food store.
Usually, if the ingredient list says "whole" that's at least a step in the right direction.
If the flour is "enriched" it means it's been stripped of the original nutrients, and other things are added to make it seem healthy.
Of course, if you were able, and wanted WHOLE wheat, you'd get a flour mill, some whole wheat, and grind it yourself and make your bread ;)
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If I were you I would just look for whole wheat bread. That's a whole grain. They sell whole wheat everywhere....
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JUSTEATREALFOOD I've never heard of rye sourdough before, but that sounds amazing,especially whole grain. Where do you find something like that?
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Definitely read the label. Even amongst 100% whole wheat/grain, the calorie count can vary immensely. I've seen anywhere from 50-110 calories per slice! Sometimes the extra cals come with extra nutrition, but not always. And if you know that you always use it for a sandwich (2 slices), you need to know how many calories your getting yourself into. I like the sandwich thins (usually about 100 calories for both slices) because they can do double duty as hamburger/turkey burger/veggie burger buns. For sliced bread I like Nature's Own brand with the green label (there are a few varieties, not all 100%, so read the label!) Good luck.
You want the label to read 100% whole grain. Sourdough 100% whole grain rye bread would be the best choice IMO because the glucose in the bread breaks down slower than the other kinds. Giving you a steadier blood sugar.
Look for breads that are 100% whole wheat flour. Look out for terms like "multi-grain," it doesn't mean anything special. Whole wheat flour should be the first ingredient. If you can't find 100% whole wheat, at least choose a bread that's high in fiber and protein.
I like Dave's Killer Bread. It comes in several varieties, all packed with nutrients and fiber. It's not calorie-cheap -- one slice can be 110 calories -- but it's delicious. If I eat it, I eat one slice with a salad, or make an open-faced sandwich with it.
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