Is white bread fattening and how many slices a day should I eat?
The quantity of fat in white bread is low at approximately 2.5 g per 100 g, while the saturated fat content is usually less than 1 gram per 100 g. Most bread made in New Zealand contains vegetable oil in these small amounts to improve the texture and the keeping quality of the bread. The most commonly used vegetable oil is Canola, which is a monounsaturated oil known to lower total fat and LDL cholesterol in the blood. Bread contains no cholesterol as no animal fats are added during its manufacture.
The New Zealand Food and Nutrition Guidelines recommend that an adult should consume at least six servings per day of breads and cereals. An example of a serving of bread is one slice of toast or a bread roll. It is recommended that consumers choose wholegrain options to ensure that they are consuming enough fibre in their diet. However eating white bread occasionally for variety as part of a well balanced diet is not an issue.