Bread and Fibre Talk

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Fibre is a remarkably important part of your diet. Not only is it an essential ingredient in maintaining the health of your digestive system, recent research also shows that it is vital in supporting the health of your gut by encouraging and supporting colonies of healthy gut bacteria.

Fibre is plant based and contains important nutrients. It cannot be absorbed as the enzymes in the body cannot break it down and therefore it goes right through your system.

In Australia, bread is big business and is one of the most common foods we eat. You need just walk through the bread aisle of your nearest grocery store and spot the many varieties to realise how true this rings.

Which bread is the right bread?

Every time you consume food, you have the opportunity to improve your health and well-being. Oat, seeded, multi-grain, wholemeal they all sound high fibre and healthy. However, not all breads are created equal and you'll need to look closer at the ingredient labels and nutrition labels in order to know for sure exactly how healthy they are and exactly how much fibre they contain. It is important to note that when it comes to bread, a healthy serve of fibre would be between 2-3 grams per slice.

A closer look

Wholemeal bread and their fibre content. Opting for wholemeal bread will generally boost your fibre intake.

Fibre content: About 2 grams per slice;

White Bread and their Fibre Content: Wonder White provides a high fibre content of about 6.3g of fibre per 100g; Sourdough Bread and their Fibre Content. Traditionally, sourdough bread is made by fermenting the dough prior to baking it. Typically a white bread, the fibre content of sourdough bread is quite low. Fibre content: About 0.8 grams per slice. Wholegrain sour dough bread will contain more fibre depending of the brand;

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