Why it belongs in your cart: Every woman, active or not, needs at least three servings of whole-grain foods each day to foster good health. And when it comes to grains, the whole is better than the sum of its parts. Research suggests that the individual nutrients and plant compounds found in whole grains act together to deliver beneficial effects. When you’re watching your waistline, the fiber in whole-grain bread comes in handy. According to Barbara Rolls, PhD, researcher and author of The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan, getting enough fiber is key when you’re trying to keep calories low because fiber adds bulk to foods without increasing calories. As a result, you feel fuller while consuming less. Aim to get about 25 grams of fiber every day.
Choose the best: Most bread is made from wheat, so be sure the label specifies that it contains whole wheat or whole grains. Whole grains can come from any type of grain, including wheat, oats, corn, rice and barley. Surprisingly, foods labeled with the words multigrain, stone-ground, 100% wheat, cracked wheat, seven-grain and bran usually aren’t whole grain. Check the ingredients list—whole-wheat or wholegrain flour should come first, and most whole-grain breads offer at least 2 grams of fiber per serving.