To follow a healthy balanced diet we need a range of macro and micro nutrients. And sometimes we can get these from the most surprising sources.
Take bread. If you blindly believe what you read in the press you might consider bread a worthless filler, offering no nutritional value to your diet. However, this simply isn’t the case.
Each year, the UK Government runs a National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) where the food and drink of a sample population of the UK is monitored so we can work out which foods provide us with which nutrients and at what level. The last published survey, from 2014 found that bread contributed:
- 10% of our daily protein
- 10% of our energy
- 19% of our fibre
- 18% of our calcium
- 16% of our iron
- 11% of our zinc
To see the full contribution bread makes to our diet click here
Bread provides our body with so many essential vitamins and minerals it is no wonder it has been the mainstay of the British diet for generations. But recently bread seems to have fallen out of favour, and we have forgotten the huge contribution it makes to helping our children grow and to keeping us fit, active and healthy.
It is time to once again celebrate bread for the health food that it is. Too long have we erroneously shunned it for pricier, harder to source, less tasty alternatives. Let’s put bread right back where it belongs: on our shopping lists and in our tummies.
Bread loving Georgia Kousoulou, from TV’s reality show The Only Way is Essex, wants to do just that. She has recently launched the Powered by Bread range of activewear designed to highlight that bread is a perfect workout partner. It is a great source of carbohydrates, providing the fuel needed for everyday life, and especially for exercise. Bread is low fat, low in sugar and high in fibre, plus it’s one of the easiest carb sources to include in your diet as the preparation time is minimal.