Brown whole grain bread is a nutritious staple in any diet because of the health benefits it has. According to the American Council on Exercise, whole grain breads contain a variety of vitamins and minerals essential for proper body function and healthy weight maintenance. Brown breads should be labeled "whole grain" to ensure that they have the most nutritional value.
Brown breads that are labeled "whole grain" contain a large amount of nutrients. One of the most important features of brown bread is the fiber content. Brown bread also contains most B vitamins -- including riboflavin, thiamine and niacin -- which help the body acquire energy from food. Brown whole grain breads also contain folate, pantothenic acid and vitamins E and K.
Adding brown bread to your diet has many benefits. The fiber contained in brown bread keeps your bowel movements regular and stools soft, according to MayoClinic.com. Fiber also helps lower LDL, or bad cholesterol, helps you maintain a healthy weight and helps keep your blood sugar steady.
Another benefit to making brown bread a big part of your diet is the fact that it can be prepared and eaten in a variety of ways. You can use it for making sandwiches at lunchtime or toast at breakfast, or spread low-fat cottage cheese on it as a snack. Brown bread can also be eaten anytime throughout the day, without any preparation at all.
According to MayoClinic.com, 45 to 65 percent of your daily calories should come from carbohydrates. On a 2,000-calorie diet, then, roughly 900 to 1,300 calories should come from carbohydrates. One slice of brown bread contains around 15 to 20 g of carbohydrates, making it a healthy way to get high-quality nutrition and to meet your daily carbohydrate requirements.
- "American Council on Exercise Personal Trainers Manual"; Cedric X. Bryant; 2003
- MayoClinic.com; Dietary Fiber: Essential for a healthy diet; Nov. 19, 2009