If you’ve decided to stick to nut-and-seed bread, fine. But if you’d rather have a little gluten in your life, you should be choosing the healthiest sliced bread at the supermarket.
That can be harder than it seems. Lots of brands stick a “made with whole wheat” message on their packaging alongside a picture of an idyllic farmhouse. Then, you check the nutrition facts and find out their bread is made primarily with refined white flour and three different kinds of sugar.
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What makes a truly good loaf? Our picks for the best grocery store bread brands are actually made with only whole (and/or sprouted) grains and no (or very little) added sugar. They’re all organic and free of unnecessary additives and preservatives. And, bonus: They incorporate other nutrient-dense ingredients like seeds, for extra health benefits.
Happy toast making!
The 5 Healthiest Sliced Bread Brands
Ezekiel’s 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Bread has been one of Keri’s favorites for ages. It’s made with six whole grains and legumes: wheat, barley, soybeans, lentils, millet, and spelt, which together create a complete protein and is sprouted, which makes it easier to digest (and may make certain nutrients more available). Ezekiel also makes other delicious versions, like a cinnamon raisin loaf and one made with seven sprouted grains. And no, you don’t have to be religious to eat it.
Dave’s Killer Bread
This organic bread company makes so many great loaves it’s hard to know where to even start when describing them. The 21 Whole Grains and Seeds is a favorite, but they also sell bagels, english muffins, and all kinds of other breads. All of them are high in protein and fiber thanks to grains and seeds like oats, rye, kamut, sesame, and flax. The company also was founded with a mission to employ formerly incarcerated individuals in order to help them get back on their feet.
Bread Alone is based in upstate New York, and its bread is the closest you can get to a bakery-style loaf while shopping the packaged bread aisle at the grocery store. As the name suggests, the ingredient lists are super short, with organic grains, water, salt, and little else. One favorite is the Whole Wheat Sourdough.
As one of the bigger organic brands, Rudi’s breads are easier to find than most. They tend a little more towards conventional bread in taste, but the ingredient list is much better. They add sugar, for instance, but just a tiny bit. Try the 7 Grain With Flax or the Nut and Oat, made with tasty hazelnuts.
Alvarado Street Bakery
Alvarado Street has been baking organic bread in Sonoma, California since the 70s. Now, you can get their products at Whole Foods and Costco. Breads like Sprouted Sonoma Sun (tastes like Cali sunshine?) are made with ingredients like organic sprouted wheat berries, oats, and sunflower seeds.