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Calories in bread

by Sarah Horrocks Published on 10 September 2008

Bread does not make you fat; quite the opposite, in fact. It's high in fibre, carbs, Vitamin B and minerals, and good for both health and weight loss. As long as you choose wisely from the multiple varieties available in bakeries and supermarkets, you can enjoy bread with a clear conscience! Here are the figures.

Bread does not make you fat; quite the opposite, in fact. It's high in fibre, carbs, Vitamin B and minerals, and good for both health and weight loss. As long as you choose wisely from the multiple varieties available in bakeries and supermarkets, you can enjoy bread with a clear conscience! Here are the figures.

Classics
White bread 230 calories
Wholemeal sandwich bread 230 calories
White sandwich bread 275 calories
Hamburger bread 296 calories
Rye bread 230 calories
Wholemeal bread 235 calories
Country bread 245 calories
Wholegrain bread 250 calories
Sesame bread 255 calories
Bran bread 260 calories
Poppy seed bread 265 calories
Flax bread 285 calories
Sunflower bread 300 calories

Speciality bread
Raisin bread 288 calories
Olive bread 308 calories
Fig bread 350 calories

Biscuits and toasted bread
Toasted wholemeal bread 370 calories
Wholemeal biscuits 370 calories
Biscuits 388 calories
Swedish bread 400 calories
Toast 415 calories

Foreign bread
White baguette 270 calories
Brioche 270 calories
German Vollkornbrot 226 calories
Azyme bread 255 calories
Pumpernickel 270 calories
Ciabatta 272 calories
Pitta bread 275 calories
Blinis 323 calories

Advice
Choose sandwich bread that is a dull colour rather than white, as processed white bread loses most of its nutrients (vitamins, minerals and fibre.) Be wary of speciality breads with added fats (cheese, ham, nuts etc.), as they usually contain more calories than standard loaves. Also watch out for ready-toasted bread which has been processed and contains fat not normally found in bread, along with additives and lots of salt.

by Sarah Horrocks

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