A slice of fresh rye bread with butter is a common accompaniment to a bowl of soup or stew. Bread is a nutritious way to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber and protein. Butter is less healthy, and should be restricted in your diet. Knowing the nutrition information for one slice of rye bread with 1 tbsp. of butter may motivate you to choose alternate, and more nutritious, toppings, such as low-fat cottage cheese or a small amount of olive oil.
Rye bread is a low-fat food, until you slather it with high-fat butter. One slice of rye bread has just 1 g of fat, but 1 tbsp. of butter contains 11.5 g, with 7.3 g of that being unhealthy saturated fat. In addition to causing weight gain, consuming a large amount of fat on a daily basis may also contribute to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. One way to cut the fat total is to use whipped butter, which has 7.6 g of fat, 4.75 g of which are saturated. Use true butter as well because margarine and butter spreads often contain trans fat, which can also lead to weight gain and heart disease.
Rye is considered a whole grain, so when you opt for a slice of rye bread you are increasing your intake of dietary fiber. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, increasing how much fiber you eat may help you control your cholesterol level, as well as help prevent constipation and other digestive problems. One slice of rye bread contains 1.9 g of dietary fiber towards the 22 to 28 g recommended for women and the 28 to 34 g recommended for men. Butter does not contain fiber.
Rye bread and butter do not contain many vitamins, but they do supply small amounts of some important ones. Butter contains 355 IU of vitamin A, which you need for your eyes. Butter also supplies 1 mcg of vitamin K, a nutrient that helps your blood clot properly. Rye bread supplies small amounts of B vitamins, which are important for energy production. More specifically, rye bread contains 1.2 mg of niacin, a B vitamin that may help lower your bad levels of cholesterol while also raising your good levels.
Both butter and rye bread offer more in the way of minerals than they do with vitamins. Sodium is one mineral that you should restrict your intake of, and butter contains 101 mg in a 1-tbsp. serving. Opting for unsalted butter reduces the sodium content to just 1 mg. Eating more than the recommenced limit of 2,300 mg of sodium per day may raise your risk of stroke and heart disease. One slice of rye bread contain 211 mg of sodium. More beneficial nutrients that you will get from butter and rye bread include calcium, iron and potassium. Butter supplies 3 mg of calcium and rye bread has 23 mg. You will get almost 1 g of iron from a slice of rye bread, as well as 53 mg of potassium.