I think we can all agree that one of the most satisfying aspects of eating plant-based or vegan compared to some other popular diets is the fact that you can keep bread. Avocado toast? BBQ seitan sandwich? Sign me all the way up.
The thing is, although you wouldn’t believe a loaf of bread contains animal products. But then again, you didn’t think the stuff that made candy coatings shiny was made out of bugs, did you?
According to Shanthi Appelö, RD, a health and wellness spokesperson for Michigan’s Blue Cross Blue Shield, bread in its simplest form is just made of flour, water, salt, and yeast. Completely vegan. However, more of the common bread course options than you think fail the vegan test. In fact, she estimates that up to two-thirds (and sometimes more!) Of the breads available in large supermarkets contain animal ingredients.
“Sometimes ingredients like eggs, butter, milk, whey and gelatin are added to change the taste and texture of bread,” says Appelö. In addition, many breads contain added fats (listed as monoglycerides and diglycerides) to increase flavor and moisture. While these often come from vegan-friendly soybean oil, they can just as easily come from animals. “Since there is no way to indicate the source on an ingredient list, some vegans feel more comfortable avoiding monoglycerides and diglycerides altogether,” explains Appelö.
And just in case you’re curious about the whole yeast thing? It’s totally vegan. Yeast is a fungus, which means it’s not technically based on plants or animals, Appelö says. That’s a good thing, because bread without yeast can be pretty pale.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect grainy slice of toast or a shabby sandwich, nutritionists love the following vegan bread brands for all of their carbonated kitchen chores.
One-grade organic food
Vegan lentil grain bread
One Degree Organics only uses herbal fertilizers to grow their crops sustainably. Another advantage? “One Degree Organics’ breads are not only certified organic and vegan, they are also sprouted and produced without refined sugar,” says nutritionist Mia Syn, RDN, founder of Nutrition by Mia. “Sprouting makes nutrients more bioavailable means that they are easier for our bodies to absorb and use. “
Try the lentil grain bread, the ancient wholemeal bread or the flax and spelled bread.
Mighty manna bread
Organic sprouted banana walnut hemp bread
“I love the sheer variety of manna, including banana-walnut, carrot-raisin, cinnamon-date, multigrain, rye, and more,” says nutritionist Lorraine Chu, RDN. Like One Degree Organics, Mannas Breads are sprouted for easier digestion.
If the banana and walnut hemp isn’t your thing, try the organic sprouted fig and fennel flax bread or the organic sprout cinnamon date bread.
Take-and-Bake 7 germinated wholemeal demi-baguettes
Whether you fancy rolls, wraps or baguettes, Angelic Bakehouse serves vegan’s dreams with carbohydrates. “Angelic Bakehouse products are available in a variety of flavors and are sugar and kosher certified,” says Appelö. “They also offer low and no sodium options, making the brand a great choice for anyone interested in heart health bread. ”
These baguettes definitely come in a clutch, as do the Spring Kale & Spinach Garden Wraps.
Food for life Ezekial 4: 9 bread
Flourless flax sprouted cereal bread
If you want to try all kinds of sprouted bread under the sun, Ezekial Bread is for you. Appelö loves that the brand is easy to find and offers a balanced, fiber-filled source of carbohydrates.
The flour-free sprouted flax bread is a popular option, but the original 100% whole grain sprouted bread is a classic favorite too.
100% whole grain bread
Dave’s killer bread
Bio 21 whole grain and seed bread
The brand’s commitment to hiring often overlooked candidates (e.g. with criminal records), as well as their non-genetically modified and certified organic breads, will make you feel great. And yes, many of their breads are vegan approved.
“Dave’s Killer Bread is a nutritious choice because it’s made from 100 percent whole grains, so it naturally contains more vegetable protein and fiber,” says Syn.
The 21 Whole Wheat and Seed Bread is a fan favorite, but their Raisin ‘The Roof! is another delicious vegan choice.
Rudi’s organic bakery
Double fiber bread
Do you want a little more protein and fiber from your bread? Krista Linares, RDN, founder and owner of Nutrition con Sabor, recommends Rudi’s.
“You have some really good options with nuts and seeds for that extra piece of protein,” she says. The 7 Grains of Flax and Nut & Oats are two vegan options that provide a fixed amount of protein (four grams per slice versus the usual one or two grams), suggests Linares.
Schär Gluten Free
Artisan Baker multigrain bread
Schär is a one-stop shop for everything gluten-free. “They offer a wide variety of gluten-free products, including bread, pasta and crackers, to cater to people with celiac disease, gluten intolerance or sensitivity to gluten,” says Syn.
But you also have vegans in mind. Both the Artisan Baker Multigrain Bread and the Multigrain Ciabatta Rolls are completely vegan.
Light white rice bread
Ener-G offers gluten-free vegans and has a long selection of baked goods that are ideal for those on a special diet. The white rice bread and light brown rice bread are two popular vegan options, and the soft tapioca loaf (made with tapioca starch, bamboo fiber, and pear juice concentrate) is another delicious favorite.
The best? All packaging is vacuum-sealed, which means a longer shelf life.
100% plant-based keto buns
Are you looking for an ingredient list that works for just about every eating style on the planet? Meet Unbun, which makes grain-free, keto-friendly bread products made from chia, flax, and pumpkin seeds.
“Unbun offers a wide range of bread options, including tortillas, baguettes and pizza crusts made from healthy, high-quality ingredients that also appeal to gluten-free vegans,” says Appelö.
In addition to the classic unbuns, try the untortillas or uncrust.
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