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Dark is Better

Updated on October 23, 2012

Why dark bread? A glimpse of what bread to buy at a supermarket.

We ran out of bread too fast. There are no breakfast days without it, at least for somebody.

Here I am pushing a yellow grid supermarket cart towards the bakery station, looking for the marked SALE price the weekly No Frills flyer had advertised. It is a good morning, for the shelf has not run out of the sale highlights. Wonder + Bread is on sale for $1.88! Soft, white bread is what I like. But then, we are really fond of much softer ‘white’ bread which has become favourite slice bread we love every day, the D’Italiano Thick Slice Bread. As well, I took an extra package of soft white burger buns by D’Italiano since spring is here, the bbq grill will be ready for some charcoal-fired burgers. So, back to the shelf for the $1.88 Wonder!

Deciding what else to pick up nearby, I overheard a young couple debating on which bread to get. The guy, tall, dark, slender, bearded and looking cool with his fedora hat and dark sunglasses pulled out a pack of slice bread from the same wheeled rack I was just a second ago, turned to his girlfriend and said, “Here, babes.” She quickly glanced and without hesitation shook her head, “No, not that.” then shoved his hand; a gesture to return it.

“What bread are you looking for?” he said. The girl, slim with a headful of curly top that looked like Liz Mitchell in the 70’s Boney M was bending and checking the long stack of bread from side to side. Pixilated, he added, “They are ALL in front of you!” I kept forward pushing my cart but I could still hear the couple debating. Cannot help but overhearing Mr. Fedora Hat say, “You like it hard.” Miss Curly Top brushed him and seemed to be certain of what she needed and responded, “I like it dark.” “You like it hard and dark.“ he whispered. He whispered to her but was a little clear from where I was standing. Their candid description of bread amused me and I could not help but smiled at them. They were a pretty pair. “I like it dark.” she repeated. “It would make a great sandwich, don’t you think?” she added. Finally, I had selected a pack of 4 good cut pork chops and walked away with my cart. I moved on not hearing another earful bread conversation.

She must have gotten her choice of bread.

Dark Rye Bread


Choosing Your Bread

I think she meant about rye bread, a dark rye bread. Rye bread is richer in fiber and has a stronger taste. Pumpernickel is even darker. Grainy, multi-grainy or not, this dark bread is full of exceptional health nutrients. Any whole wheat bread is brown, but a ''bb" brown bread is not always made of whole wheat. You may want to read the ingredient label properly and check if the bb you are buying contains whole grain to get the benefits you are looking for. As we probably know or perhaps those with high cholesterol that fiber (much found in whole wheat) fights bad cholesterol (any doctor would advise so), therefore, it reduces one of man's feared betrayer- the heart disease. Any good source of fiber like the whole wheat bread also helps keep blood sugar level low. If you are health conscious and keen about weight loss, below tells you how much calories and nutrition you will be getting per serving from brown bread:

1 BB (Brown Bread) Serving equals 1 Medium Slice per 34g

Calories: 74 ♥ Carbohydrate: 15.1 ♥ Fat: 0.7 ♥ Fiber: 1.2 ♥ Protein: 2.9

For healthy dark bread recipe variations, see links below.

Soft D'Italiano White Bread
Soft D'Italiano White Bread

White Bread and What You Get

But just like the fedora hat guy, I ask myself why I do not look for such bread. Is it because it is hard, or is it because it is dark? It says that dark bread has a stronger taste but I am a white bread aficionado.

White bread is Carbohydrate with a capital ''C". As a whole, it is entirely made up of simple carbohydrates! And oh, an exclamation point, yes, and exclamation point! Why is that? What else do we know about white bread? The "simple" carbohydrates in white bread causes obesity and diabetes for its high sugar content. Simple carbohydrates are also found in your favourite baked goodies like starches. Starches are also found in starchy vegetables, cereal grains and legumes. Processed foods and even fruits are sources of carbohydrates. Though carbohydrates is one of the main nutrient groups that provides and retains energy to last through the day, it is important to consume a moderate intake of carbohydrates. In other words, simple carbohydrates are simple sugars. You read it, "sugars"!

Here now, I confess to you, my brothers and sisters that I do not have the taste bud for even a whole wheat bread. I am not saying that I hate dark bread (I enjoy Pumpernickel accompanied with a spinach dip); I like the brown sourdough bread and I am especially tempted to buy when they are freshly pulled out from the stone-oven. The scent of freshly baked bread make you want to just take them all home. I may be plain hard and stubborn to reject the valuable benefits of dark and brown breads, and may get easily tired of its wholesome fiber taste, but I am more of the softy side.

What kind of bread will you take home?


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    • coffeegginmyrice profile image

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Thelma, glad you enjoy and love dark bread. It is the best choice of a nutritious bread far from its counterpart- the white bread. Thanks for stopping by. Take care and have a nice day!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love dark bread, rye dark bread and pumpernikel. It is always hard to find rye bread when we are on a holidies in the Philippines and even in Europe because not all dark bread are made of rye. It is really healthy. I only have to eat 1 slice and I´m full.

      Thanks for sharing. Voted up and funny. Have a great week!