Top ten benefits of bread


1: Fibre

We need to eat more fibre. Bread contains fibre

2: Calcium

Calcium helps maintain healthy bones and teeth. Bread provides over 10% of the calcium in our diet

3: Folate

Folate is needed for the formation of healthy red blood cells. It occurs naturally in wheat and flour

4: Iron

Iron is needed to transport oxygen round the body. Most young women do not eat enough iron; therefore most young women should probably eat more bread.

5: It’s low in sugar, salt and fat

Bread is low in sugar, salt and fat.

6: It’s convenient

It’s sold in supermarkets, bakeries, local shops, petrol stations, train stations. You can even freeze it.

7: It’s versatile

You can toast it, fry it, crumb it; eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, or for a midnight snack. There is a bread-centric meal for anyone and everyone: beans on toast, Welsh rarebit, egg and soldiers, croquet monsieur, croutons, bread and honey ….

8. It’s cost effective

Bread costs 11p per 100g. Compare this with prices for other everyday foods per 100g: whole chicken 33p; sausages 44p; eggs 56p; medium Cheddar chesse 77p and minced meat 79p

9: It tastes great

On its own; slathered in butter; hidden under beans or scrambled eggs; torn into salad; wrapped round some chicken tikka …

10: There is so much choice

Sliced white, wholemeal, sourdough, flatbread, brioche, focaccia, bara brith, fruit loaf … the list goes on (and on). There are over 200 types of bread available in the UK.