What better month than November to celebrate bread! This fundamental baked good dates back to Ancient Egypt or earlier and its boundless benefits have made it a daily food in many households. Aside from being convenient, tasty and the anchor that holds a sandwich together, bread packs a punch when it comes to being an essential piece of a healthy diet. Here are a few facts on the power of bread:
- According to USDA’s MyPlate, 50% of the grains you consume should be whole grains. Aim for a 50/50 balance of whole and enriched grains for a healthy lifestyle!
- Eating breakfast improves concentration, helps with weight control, boosts energy levels and provides strength and endurance.
- Grain foods, like bread, rolls and bagels are a great way to begin the day because, as complex carbohydrates, they provide essential fuel for our bodies. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 6 grain servings a day with at least half being whole grains.
- Only one-third of U.S. women of childbearing age consume the recommended amount of folic acid from their diet, which can result in birth defects like spina bifida and anencephaly. Women of childbearing age need to ensure they consume enough enriched grains, which contain this key nutrient.
To learn more about whole grains and bread visit Grain Foods Foundation’s website at https://grainfoodsfoundation.org/.