The 7 Best and 7 Worst Breads For Your Health

The 7 Best and 7 Worst Breads For Your Health
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The 7 Best and 7 Worst Breads For Your Health

Read on to see which breads are the best and worst for you.

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The Best

Based on their low calorie count, these are the best seven breads for you.

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Corn Tortilla

Corn tortillas are a great alternative to a heavy bread. With only 52 calories they are ideal for breakfast wraps or an on-the-go lunch.

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Pumpernickel Bread

If you love to build a sandwich with this brown bread you are right on target! Pumpernickel only has 65 calories in every slice, so no need to cut it out of your diet!

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Multi-Grain Bread

Next on our list of healthy breads is multi-grain, packed with tons of nutritious grains with only 65 calories a slice. Serve this for breakfast with a great egg dish and you are in business.

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Whole Wheat Bread

Right next to multi-grain bread, is whole wheat bread with 79 calories. An added bonus is that this bread is a great source of magnesium because of its whole grains! Magnesium helps to control the use of glucose and insulin in your body.

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White Bread

While white bread is highly lacking in terms of nutrition, with as low as 79 calories, it's not going to ruin your diet if you indulge every now and then. Check out this awesome sandwich idea for tomorrow's lunch!

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Rye Bread

Rye bread is rich in fiber which is amazing for a well-balanced diet. It also only has 83 calories, so what's not to love about this tasty bread?

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Flour Tortilla

Similar to corn tortillas, these ones, made of flour, are relatively low in calories with 85 for a regular size tortilla. It is a great way to make a delicious lunch that won't leave you feeling super bloated or over-stuffed.

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The Worst

After checking out the best breads for your health, let's take a look at the worst! You might want to beware of these high calorie carbs.

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Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread

Even though everyone is following the gluten-free trend, sometimes the alternatives are not the best! Most gluten-free breads have around 130 calories. It may be better to just stick with the real thing if you can.

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English Muffin

As tasty as they are, english muffins pack in a few calories as well. This type of bread might not be the best for your diet with 134 calories per muffin.

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Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Moving even further up the calorie ladder is cinnamon raisin bread with 160 calories per slice. Plus, it can be packed with unwanted, added sugars which are not beneficial for your waistline.

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Pita Bread

Although seemingly light and healthy, pita bread has about 165 calories and over 320 grams of sodium. This may not be the ideal bread to choose for your next sandwich.

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Hard Roll/Kaiser Roll

Everyone loves a great deli sandwich, but with 167 calories per roll, a kaiser roll is not the healthiest bread option.

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Even though these are a great southern classic, they might not be worth the 212 calories. And that is just for a regular size one. If you opt for the larger biscuit (like most restaurants serve) you will end up devouring over 300 calories just from your choice of bread!

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With even more calories than a biscuit, bagels are a real diet ruiner. Most bagels contain 310 calories and lack many nutrients and vitamins that you could get from whole grains. Think of it this way: a bagel is equivalent to three or four pieces of bread.

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Bread has a bad reputation for being unhealthy, and it is not easy to cut out of your diet. Whether you need it for a quick breakfast or to build an awesome sandwich at lunch time, this carb is all around us. While some breads are best to avoid, you don't need to cut bread out of your diet entirely. We gathered a list of the best and worst breads, based on calorie information provided by the USDA, to help you make better bread decisions.

Check out the slideshow above to find the seven best and seven worst kinds of bread for you. Then check out 12 Ways To Look Thinner In Your Swimsuit by our friends at StyleList!

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