According to CookingLIght.com, buying your bread from a bakery, as opposed to the bread aisle at your local grocery store, is well worth the extra cost!

Bread has gotten a bad rap over the years, because mass-produced loaves often swap whole grains and wholesome ingredients for bleached flours and chemical additives.

Even breads made with whole grains are laden with refined sugar, added salt, and vegetable oils to improve the flavor and mouthfeel.

It’s worth the trip and a few extra bucks to find a loaf made with the right ingredients.
— LAUREN WICKS, Cooking Light, January 22, 2019

So where can you find wholesome, quality bread?

One of the best places to find a wholesome bread is at your local bakery. Just make sure it is made with minimal, high-quality ingredients.

Sugar is often an additive that shouldn’t be there. Sugar is not an essential ingredient for bread, and while not necessarily a bad ingredient in small amounts, it can transform bread into a sneaky sugar bomb. For example, many whole-grain breads you can find on grocery store bread shelves are made with 4 to 6 grams of sugar per slice, meaning your otherwise healthy sandwich could pack an extra 12 grams of carbs, just from the bread alone!

A lot of breads claim to be made with whole grains, but that means they can also be made with refined grains. You want to ensure your bread is either labeled “100% Whole Grain” or the ingredients list is does not include refined or bleached flours. Whole wheat, rye, oats, millet, and flax are some high-fiber options that pack in some extra protein, vitamins, and minerals.

The exception here is sourdough. It’s not typically made with whole grains, but the natural fermentation process it undergoes helps make sourdough a healthier choice than other white breads.

The one thing you may want to watch out for, however, is the potentially high sodium content of breads across the board.

The Bottom Line

Making a stop at your local bakery, can be the best ways to find the healthiest (and tastiest) loaves of bread. These beautiful, crusty loaves are a far cry from the stark white sandwich bread you may have grown up with, and trust me, that’s a good thing.

Providing breads made with locally sourced, quality ingredients that are hand crafted, is what Réver Artisan Bakery is all about!

Terry Ramsey