On average, Australians eat about four slices of bread per day, with men and children the biggest consumers. In particular, we’re developing a taste for multigrain breads, because they have more flavour and texture than most white or wholemeal varieties, and manufacturers tell us they are healthier.
It seems there’s little multigrain breads can’t do – bold claims range from “five ways to weight management” to “helps maintain a healthy heart” – but in reality, there are just two simple rules:
For the healthiest multigrain bread, look for plenty of wholegrains, without too much salt.
CHOICE found a bewildering 56 brands and varieties of multigrain bread in the major supermarkets, ranging in price from $1.75 to $5.99. We compared their nutritional value, and our taste testers then rated 16 of the healthier breads for flavour and texture.
For the healtiest and tastiest, see What to buy.