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Whole Grain Bread Health Benefits

whole grain health benefits

Eating whole instead of refined grains has numerous benefits for the body — stable energy levels and better overall metabolic health are two examples. Gold Medal Bakery manufactures and distributes various commercial whole grain breads through an easy-to-use online ordering system, making it easy to procure the specific bread types you’re looking to sell.

What Is a Grain?

A grain, also known as a kernel, is the edible seed of a certain grass species belonging to the Poaceae family, commonly called cereals or grains. Grains include wheat, oats, rice, barley, corn, rye, millet, sorghum and quinoa. 

Grain typically consists of three main parts, including the bran, germ and endosperm. The bran is the outer protective layer of the grain, which is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. The germ is the embryo of the seed, containing essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and proteins. The endosperm is the inner starchy portion of the grain, providing a source of carbohydrates and some protein. 

Whole grains retain all three parts of the grain. These grains are more nutritious as they contain higher levels of fiber, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial compounds. Grains are a fundamental component of the human diet and can be consumed in various forms, one being bread. 

What Are the Types of Grains?

There are four types of grains, consisting of:

  1. Whole grains
  2. Refined grains
  3. Enriched grains
  4. Fortified grains 

Health Benefits of Eating Whole Grain Bread

Incorporating whole grain bread into your diet is easy and delicious. Start your day with whole grain toast and add a topping of your choice, use whole grain bread to make sandwiches or create croutons or breadcrumbs with it. Some of the key health benefits of eating whole grain bread include:

  • Increased fiber: Whole grain bread provides the body with dietary fiber, improving overall digestive health. Fiber keeps your bowel movements regular, prevents constipation and aids in maintaining a healthy weight by promoting feelings of fullness and reducing overeating. Whole grain bread provides insoluble fiber and a small amount of soluble fiber, which work together to keep your digestive system running smoothly. 
  • Heart health: Whole grain bread contains nutrients such as soluble fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals, reducing heart disease risk. Consuming whole grains may help lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels — the bad cholesterol — reduce blood pressure and decrease inflammation, all contributing to a healthier heart. 
  • Blood sugar control: Unlike refined grains, which can cause blood sugar levels to spike, whole grain bread has a lower glycemic index (GI). The body digests it more slowly, leading to more stable blood sugar levels. Regularly consuming whole grains may help reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and improve insulin sensitivity. 
  • Nutrient density: Whole grain bread is a good source of essential nutrients such as vitamins A, B and E and minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium. The specific B vitamins include B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine) and B9 (folate). These nutrients support various bodily functions, including energy metabolism, immune function and tissue repair. 
  • Digestive health: The fiber content in whole grain bread promotes digestive health by supporting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. A healthy digestive system encourages nutrient absorption and overall well-being. 
  • Weight management: Including whole grain bread in your diet can support weight management efforts. The high fiber content helps you feel fuller for longer, promoting healthy weight loss or weight maintenance. 
  • Protein: Protein is vital for building and repairing tissues — these building blocks of life support immune function and maintain muscle mass. While whole grain bread may have less protein than other foods, it still provides a valuable source of this essential nutrient. 
  • Healthy fats: Whole grain bread is low in fat, and its fats are primarily unsaturated. These are heart-healthy fats because they stabilize heart rhythms. 
  • A steady supply of carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy, and whole grain bread provides a steady supply of complex carbohydrates to fuel your day. 

Nutritional Value of Whole Grain Bread 

Knowing the nutritional value of whole grain bread is important for making wise dietary decisions. A typical serving of whole grain bread includes:

  • 75 calories
  • 4 grams of protein
  • 1 gram of fat
  • 12 grams of carbohydrates

Embrace the Power of Whole Grain 

Gold Medal Bakery is your trusted source for bread products, operating as a one-stop shop for customers. Our supportive team offers the highest-quality fresh bread products, ensuring happy customers 24/7. We provide a merchandising support team, nut-free products, one-on-one in-store training, holiday order planning, direct store delivery (DSD) and much more. On top of all these advantages, we offer a 72-hour order adjustment schedule for our direct delivery customers. 

Contact us today to find out more. Through our value-added services, your customers can experience numerous whole grain bread benefits.