It is easy to get caught up in the all the attention that bread has gained by those arguing that it is not part of a healthy diet. It is important to note that sometimes what you think is a healthy food option really isn’t, and other foods really aren’t as unhealthy as they seem. The key to choosing a healthy option at your local bakery is understanding that the ingredients dictate whether something is good for you or not.
The majority of bread that you find on a grocery store shelf is loaded with things you may not want in your diet. Even those labeled as natural, multigrain, low-carb, and whole-grain can contain fewer nutrients and fiber than you want. Making bread isn’t complicated in terms of ingredients. All you really need is yeast, water, salt, honey, and flour for a delicious product. Other things may be added to increase shelf life, but that is unnecessary if you shop at your local bakery for fresh bread regularly.
An important consideration when choosing a healthy option at your local bakery is knowing where their ingredients come from. If they get their flour already processed, that can put in question how wholesome the end product is. Selecting a bakery that mills whole wheat into whole wheat flour on-site assures that there aren’t any additives or unhealthy extras in the flour.
Here at Great Harvest Bread Co. of Asheville, we use recipes and long-standing practices that make bread to be simple, wholesome, and delicious. We mill our flour daily to provide the freshest and most delicious baked goods you’ll love and that are good for you and your family. Stop by our Asheville, North Carolina bakery to learn more about how bread can be a big part of a healthy diet when it is made with such care and passion.