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Say No to Bread on Drugs!

August 10, 2011

Light bread options are all over the place these days. There are sandwich thins and bagel thins:

100% Whole WheatThomas'® Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Thins™ Bagels

and most of the big brands are offering at least one kind of calorie reduced bread.

They advertise great health benefits and make wellness claims (like from the Oroweat SandwithThin site)

whole grains, 100 calories, 5g of fiber, only 1g of fat

Featured Ingredient: Whole Wheat

Whole wheat provides antioxidants, dietary fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. It’s associated with reduced body fat and belly fat, plus a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes.

If you look beyond all the marketing fluff and actually review the ingredient list you will see a lot of unfamiliar ingredients:

Ingredients:
WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, WATER, WHEAT BRAN, SUGAR, WHEAT GLUTEN, CELLULOSE FIBER, YEAST, SALT, POLYDEXTROSE, CANOLA AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL, PRESERVATIVES (CALCIUM PROPIONATE, SORBIC ACID), GUAR GUM, CULTURED WHEAT FLOUR, MONOGLYCERIDES, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, SUCRALOSE, SOY LECITHIN.

Cellulose found in light bread is a type of wood fiber which is the major constituent of paper, paperboard, and card stock and of textiles made from cotton, linen, and other plant fibers. This type of fiber is digestible by humans to an extent but does not provide all the benefits you’d get from fiber found in fruits, vegetables, and unprocessed whole grains. This also applies to fortified cereals that claim to have high fiber content. You might as well eat the cardboard box the cereal is in, it’s all the same stuff.

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The other thing to note is the list of preservatives in the big brand light bread. Have you noticed that those breads never get stale or moldy no matter how past due they are? It is freaky to me that even bacteria won’t touch this bread, that’s how processed it is. Natural bread should only last for a week after it’s been purchased (unless stored in the fridge/freezer).

Does this mean you should ban bread altogether if you want to follow a healthy diet? Not at all. If you dig long and hard around the supermarket shelves, behind all the “fake” healthy breads, you can get some real good alternatives. I’ve been a big proponent of sprouted grains and often get Trader Joe’s sprouted bread varieties or Ezekiel brand. They do tend to be more dense in texture so they are better for toast or grilled sandwiches. There are other healthy breads out there, just check the ingredient list, but most of them are big slices at 40g and 100 calories per slice. That’s a bit too much carbs and calories for my liking but if you search hard enough, you will find what you are looking for. Let me introduce – Dave’s Killer Bread

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The ingredient list stands up to the claim of 21 whole grains and it’s all the stuff I know and love.

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The slices are smaller which makes my strawberries look like giants

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It works quite well as sandwich bread and made for a tasty lunch

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Enough bread distraction, it’s time for my weekly checkpoint.

Exercise Plan for last week:

Day

Goal

Actual

Mon

Yoga

Yoga in the morning and biking to work and back

Tue

Marathon training + 3M

Ran to the gym (3 Miles), power workout with lots of jumping to strengthen the legs, 2 miles on the treadmill

Wed

Yoga

Yoga in the morning and biking to work and back

Thu

Marathon training + 7M

Ran to the gym (3 miles), fatigue strength workout, ran back home (I took a longer route of 4.25 miles), bike to work

Fri

Yoga + bike

Yoga in the morning and biking to work

Sat

Yoga + 4M

Yoga and run 4.8 miles

Sun

Run 16M

It was not pleasant, but I ran all 16 miles.
Total 30 miles 33.15 miles

I am very happy with all the biking and a few extra miles I ran last week. When the weather is nice, getting extra cardio in is easy.

Eating Goals:

Except for Friday (Pizza) and Saturday (Dinner at Pogacha), most our meals were homemade: Frankfurters, Lots of salads, Mediterranean chicken, and a Thanksgiving dinner.

It’s all the snacking (before and after dinner) that has been dragging me down! Eric and I are going to Toronto in three weeks for a friend’s wedding, which means there will be a slinky dress in my near future, so I need to shake off a couple of pounds around my waist (so I can still breathe in my SPANX).

Slinky Dress Game Plan:

  • Stick to 1700 calories per day
  • Brush teeth at 8pm, in bed by 9pm (to prevent late-night snacking)
  • Do “Lean and green” as per Bob Harper’s advice

[Jane Asks] What’s your favorite kind of bread?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristen permalink
    August 10, 2011 4:35 am

    I’ve been eating Dave’s killer bread for a few years. My mom introduced me to it and it’s the best – light or regular version 🙂

  2. sarahsmodernbites permalink
    August 10, 2011 7:18 pm

    Dave’s Killer Bread looks awesome! I live in Boston and haven’t seen it around here… I actually just noticed Whole Food’s came out with their own 100-calorie sandwich thin because they are SO popular. And, there is a brand called Nature’s Own that makes the thins as well. still, not as beneficial or as good for you as sprouted grains.

    I’ve actually been avoiding wheat for the past few weeks and have felt stellar… I bought Udi’s gluten-free multi-grain bread and it is SO awesome, even if you do eat wheat. I got my boyfriend hooked.

    Normally though, I usually go for Trader Joe’s whole wheat English muffins. I like sprouted bread but sometimes it’s just too dry for me.

    If I want to treat myself or if we have people over, Whole Food’s has this fresh baked sprouted bread in their bakery that is o die for. Especially if you catch it just as it’s coming out of the oven!

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