Susie Burrell

‘your food, your body, your life’

The best bread for your gut and why?

This is a sponsored post, brought to you by Helga’s.

With the bread and wrap section of the supermarket seeming to grow by the day, it can be challenging to work through all the different varieties on offer. As a dietitian, there are a number of key nutritional qualities I look for when choosing a bread for my own family and also when recommending breads for my clients. Here are some if the key features I look for to help make your trip to the bread and wraps section a little easier. 

1. Dietary Fibre

The first thing I look for when choosing a bread or wrap, is the amount of dietary fibre the loaf or wrap offers per serve. Bread is one of the key sources of dietary fibre in the diets of Australians, and generally speaking wholemeal and wholegrain varieties offer more fibre per serve. Ideally I am looking at breads and wraps that contain 3-5g of dietary fibre per serve.

2. Wholegrains

The second thing I am looking for from a nutritionally dense bread or wrap is the wholegrain content. Wholegrains are nutrient rich, offering dietary fibre as well as a range of micronutrients to the bread including zinc, magnesium, Vitamin E and Vitamin B. Wholegrains also help to slow down digestion, which in turn results in a bread that is digested more slowly, and keeps blood glucose levels more tightly controlled throughout the day. 

3. Good fats via seeds

Seeds, like nuts are packed full of good fats, Vitamin E and zinc, nutrients which are generally only found in a handful of foods and can be lacking in the diets of Aussies. Plus seeds offer some amazing flavours and textures. For this reason, the greater the number of different seeds in the bread, the happier I am. The Helga’s Digestive Wellbeing Grain and Seeds range offers a mix of poppy seeds, Linseeds and sesame seeds.

4. Special digestive health benefits

As bread is a staple that many of us enjoy every day, I am always looking for a bread added extras, especially added extras that will support digestive health. One of the standout features of the new Helga’s Digestive Wellbeing range is that it has been made using BARLEYmax Barley – a special high fibre wholegrain that contains a mix of prebiotic fibres known to be of specific benefit to the gut. These fibres help to feed the good bacteria naturally present in the digestive tract, which supports nutrient absorption, and optimal digestive function. Getting these special fibres daily with your morning toast or lunchtime sandwich is one of the easiest ways you can support your own digestive health.

5. Not too much salt

You may not automatically think of salt when you think of bread but bread and wraps can add significant amounts of salt into our daily diets. Ideally a serve of bread or a wrap will contain <300mg of sodium per serve and the entire Helga’s Digestive Wellbeing range of wraps and bread contain just 250mg of sodium per serve.