Bread has got terrible press over the last few years, but it’s not all bad. In fact, there’s many reasons to get on board that train again, here’s just some of the benefits of bread
Few foods have as much to offer as bread so there’s good reason to celebrate this staple during National Bread Week (10-16 September). Steeped in tradition, bread is part of our heritage and psyche. Even the smell of it makes around 9 out of 10 of us happy with almost two thirds saying it evokes happy memories for them. So what other benefits of bread are there?
It’s no surprise that a third of us eat bread daily, given its taste, versatility, convenience and the fact that it’s good for us. Bread is a source of a wide range of nutrients including protein, folic acid as well as vitamins and minerals.
Registered dietitian Dr Mary McCreery has come up with ten reasons why we should dedicate a whole week to celebrating our favourite food:
Not only does bread taste delicious, its very smell makes us happy.
As well as having so many varieties, there are endless ways to enjoy bread from toasting it or dunking it to filling it or topping it!
Bread is a source of many nutrients including protein, folic acid, fibre and vitamins & minerals.
Irish people get more iron from white bread than we do from meat or fish and it’s also the second highest contributor to our calcium intake.
Bread is an integral part of our memory bank from a happy family picnic to making toast over the fire with your gran. Almost two thirds (63%) of us said bread evoked happy memories.
Low in fat and sugar
Irish bread is among the best in the world and is low in fat and sugar. Both brown and white Irish bread provide just 1% of the fat content of the Irish diet.
With so much choice from soda, potato and batch, to butter loaf, wheaten and sourdough, we can eat a different variety every day of the week across a wide range of meals.
We think few would disagree!
Protein and folic acid
Research by the Irish Universities Nutritional Alliance (IUNA) showed that bread provides as much as 10% of Irish people’s daily intake of protein and folic acid.
Loved by most
Nearly two thirds of us (65%) are proud bread lovers and a further 10% admit to being secret bread lovers!