Nutritional properties of bread

Bread supplies a significant portion of the nutrients required for growth, maintenance of health and well-being. It is an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals, fibre and carbohydrates. It is also low in fat and cholesterol.

Including bread in your everyday eating

Substitution of bread for fats maintains the energy we need to get from our diet by providing carbohydrates rather than fats for energy production. Worldwide, nutritionists and dieticians support this recommendation, and advise that the following plan for good eating is used:

  • Eat a wide variety of foods to get a good balance of vitamins and minerals.
  • Eat mostly cereals, vegetables and fruit.
  • Eat more complex carbohydrates and dietary fibre.
  • Eat less fats, refined sugar, salt and alcohol.

When its composition is considered along with its relatively low cost, bread is an ideal food to complement the nutritious fillings we may choose to balance our diet.

Four to six slices of bread daily is the intake recommended for adults.

Always remember though, that overall we are encouraged to eat a variety of foods and that these foods should include breads

breads – (4-6 slices of wholemeal and/or white per day),
pasta, fruit(5 portions),
vegetables (6 portions),
fish, chicken, legumes, nuts, dried peas/beans, dairy produce including trim milk, cheeses and yoghurts (preferably low fat), eggs and meats.