How to Navigate the Bread Aisle (Plus, 7 Dietitian-Approved Loaves!)

Trinh Le, MPH, RD
by Trinh Le, MPH, RD
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How to Navigate the Bread Aisle (Plus, 7 Dietitian-Approved Loaves!)

Still baffled by bread, but don’t want to jam up the baked-goods aisle reading nutrition labels? We did the sleuthing for you and put together a list of healthy loaves you might encounter on your next trip to the grocery store.

To qualify, these starchy contestants had to rise to some strict nutritional standards set by MyFitnessPal registered dietitian Elle Penner, MPH, RD. Each 1-slice serving of bread…

  • Is made with whole grains and/or whole wheat—we checked the ingredients list to make sure no refined or “enriched” flour sifts through.
  • Provides 110 calories or less
  • Contains at least 3 grams of fiber for every 30 grams of carbohydrates
  • Has added sugar ranked #4 or lower on the ingredients list

And, because we all have different goals when it comes to choosing bread, called out the special nutritional categories of each loaf:

  • Low Calorie—has 60 calories (or less) per slice
  • High Fiber—provides at least 5g of fiber per slice
  • Low Sodium—contains no more than140 mg of sodium per slice
  • No Added Sugar—doesn’t contain added sweeteners contributing to calories
  • Gluten Free—certified “Gluten Free” and safe for those with Celiac’s Disease or gluten intolerance

Here are a few options you can feel good about purchasing.

Healthy Bread Chart

For more great bread buying tips, take a look at How to Choose Healthier Store-Bought Bread.

What’s your go-to store-bought bread? Have you tasted any of our healthy picks? Share in the comments below!  

About the Author

Trinh Le, MPH, RD
Trinh Le, MPH, RD
Trinh is a registered dietitian by day, blogger at Fearless Food RD by night. She loves helping folks develop a better relationship with food, which includes lots of cooking, eating and learning about nutrition. When she’s not snapping mouthwatering shots of (mostly) healthy food, you can find Trinh HIIT-ing it at her local gym. For more, connect with her on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.


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