Why you need to eat more bread…
Bread is one of the best convenience foods. A good quality bread is free from a whole host chemicals, preservatives, sugars etc that are associated with other grab & go foods, it’s ideal for breakfast, lunch and dinner… Even just spreading some butter on a slice of homemade bread is a better option than missing a meal!
What’s so great about porridge bread so?
Porridge oats contain beta-glucans, a type of soluble fibre that slows down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. This slower digestion prevents dramatic spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels that would otherwise encourage our bodies to produce and store fat.
Oats are a rich source of magnesium, which is key to enzyme function and energy production, and helps prevent heart attacks and strokes by relaxing blood vessels, aiding the heart muscle, and regulating blood pressure.
Similar to the way a bowl of porridge can keep you going until your next meal, consuming a oat based bread can really up the satiety factor meaning you’re fuller for longer, which is excellent for your energy levels as well as your waistline.
Don’t fear carbs!
Often people complain about the carbohydrate content of bread, but what is there to be scared of really? Carbs are a perfect energy source and can fuel you through exercise after a tough day at work. The bottom line is, if you are exercising, your body will use the carbs as fuel. So if you are active (which you most likely are) bread and especially oat bread can be quite beneficial really.
That’s why we developed a range of oat based breads for every occasion. Our multiseed oat bread is great with eggs at breakfast, harvest loaf is perfect for a mid morning coffee break, Italian tomato with soup at lunch or banana bread for an evening treat.
Bread is never just bread.
You can put anything on bread, and this is how you make it healthy. Nut butters, spinach, lettuce, peppers, grated carrot, chicken, fish, avocado, beef, apples, cheese, tomatoes, eggs, mayonnaise, and left overs from last nights meal. All these ingredients and more (although not all together) are nutritious and make great fillings/ toppings for bread. Handy tip is to keep a few slices of bread in the freezer so you’ll always have something quick and easy to grab and go.
Bread isn’t perfect – but very few foods are. Some are better than others and it’s best to avoid all bread that is overly processed with long ingredient lists. Look out for a nut or seed base, an oat bread, or even better, make it yourself using our super easy bread mixes! As with all foods – moderation is key, and consuming bread within reason isn’t bad for the vast majority of the population. For many people cutting out bread has become a serious barrier on the road to feeling healthier and it doesn’t have to be. Don’t fear bread, just embrace the right type!