You wouldn’t know it from all the recent sourdough bread-baking, but bread is considered the enemy in certain low-carb quarters. Its “unhealthy” reputation stems from the low-carb diet myth that all carbohydrates are inherently bad. Although it’s true that heavily processed, refined carbohydrates and sugary foods lack nutrients, not all types of carbs or bread fall into this category, says Malina Malkani, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Westchester, New York. It’s possible for bread to be part of a healthy diet.
In fact, depending on the loaf, bread can be packed with nutrients. Whole grain bread, for instance, is a good source of B vitamins, including folic acid, iron, magnesium, selenium, and dietary fiber, according to the American Heart Association.
Another common belief about bread is that it causes weight gain. Research in the Journal of Nutrition, however, found that weight gain—and increases in abdominal fat over time—is lower in people who consume more whole grain foods such as whole grain bread.