You’ll see a dizzying array of bread choices at your local grocery store. Some claim of having “double fiber”, while others masquerade as healthy and sprinkle nutritional claims all over their packaging. How does one choose from all the options? A couple of things we keep in mind while shopping for our family…
- Price matters, but so does nutrition.
Bread freezes well and sale items rotate frequently. When you find a bread filled with fiber on sale, stock up and freeze it.
- So what’s the fiber threshold?
Look for at least 2 grams of fiber per slice, preferably 3 or 4. Younger children only need 1/2 sandwich, so if you settle for a bread with 2 grams of fiber, your son or daughter could end up with only 1 gram at lunch. *To find the current minimum recommended fiber intake for kids, add 5 grams to their age. So, a 4 year old will need at least 9 grams while his 9 year-old sister should aim for 14 grams or more. For adults, aim for 20-25 grams of fiber. A quick rule of thumb is 1 gram of fiber per 100 calories consumed.