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Whole wheat bread recommendations?

Every now and then I try to make the leap from white bread to whole wheat, usually end up with a bread that tastes syrupy sweet, and then go running back to white bread. Sure, I could just try a bunch on my own, but I hate paying $3 for a tiny loaf of bread that I don't like but feel guilty throwing out. I'm looking for a name brand recommendation for a bread that:

* Isn't Pepperidge Farms (don't like the density of their breads)
* Isn't sickly sweet
* Has 2-3g fiber and <80 calories per slice
* Doesn't taste burnt

Thanks in advance!


Fri. May 11, 6:29pm

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I like fiber for life. It has 35 calories per slice and 3 grams of fiber per slice. I have been eating it for about a year now, i really like it.

Friday, May 11, 2007, 8:24 PM

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I buy Barowsky's organic breads-lower in sodium than many others on the market, no high fructose corn syrup, and high in fiber (but they are usually around 100-110 cals a slice though).

Also good Freihofer Family grains series-look for the 100% whole grain ones AND read labels carefully some have HFCS and some don't. High in fiber-2-4 g and about 70 cals a slice.

On more of a local level-I live in NH and occasionally find Matthew'sAll Natural Bread (Company) (made out of Lowell, MA) in my regular grocery stores and it's low cal, high fiber, low sodium, no HFCS, 100% whole grain AND only $1.99!!!!!!!! can't beat that!

Saturday, May 12, 2007, 12:38 AM

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i like sprouted wheat breads that you can find in the freezer section. the other poster mentioned Food for Life. 3 grams fibre, 80 cals, .5g fat. this bread is made with grain sprouts as opposed to flours.

my favorite freezer-section brand of sprouted grain bread is Shiloh Farms. YUM.

as for bread-aisle breads, i avoid those with HFCS. i like Matthew's (other poster mentioned) and VT Bread Company.

Saturday, May 12, 2007, 9:38 AM

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OP here

Thanks - I picked up a loaf of Matthew's All Natural and it's exactly what I was looking for. Living in Manhattan, however, it was nowhere near $1.99 though (not that I thought it would be).

As sprouted grain versions...guess I'll need to look into the benefits, because at the moment, anything "sprouted" makes me think of old potatoes.

Saturday, May 12, 2007, 3:17 PM

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Another suggestion, even though you've already purchased...

Oroweat Light Whole Wheat Bread

Two slices has 80 calories, 1 gram of fat, 18 carbs, 7 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein.

It makes really good sandwiches, and I like that it's so low in calories because I hate "spending" so many just on the bread. :)

Saturday, May 12, 2007, 8:06 PM

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Bakers wheat bread

I love bakers wheat bread, it is amazing, and if you want to do a wrap with wheat do tomas wheat wraps either in your bread section of the grocery store or the deli section.

Sunday, May 13, 2007, 12:12 AM

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Matthew's All Natural Whole Wheat Bread

This used to be excellent bread until it was bought out by a venture captilist firm that is creating a monopoly on "natural" and organic mass-marketed breads by buying Matthew's, Vermont Bread, Rudy's, and The Baker, so far.

Now the Matthew's bread has twice as much air in it including big holes (I wonder if the weight on the package is still legit), added "natural flavors" to make up for all the air, and they bag it so soon after it comes out of the oven that it gets lots of condensation in the bag. All that water causes it to mold almost as soon as you get it home. If you try to freeze it, the excess water causes the slices to stick together so they break when you try to separate them. Since it's sliced while it's still hot and soft, the slices are very uneven.

The company has... unlisted all the phone #'s of the bread companies they bought and their corporate headquarters, and scoured the Internet to make sure not a trace of the numbers remain. When you send a message to Matthew's Bread via their online form, you get no response. They HATE their customers--apparently we're the enemy. I suggest buying freshly baked bread from the bakery of your local natural foods store. These jerks don't deserve to succeed in a bad economy when we're all trying to get value for our money.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009, 10:51 AM

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Matthew's All Natural Whole Wheat Bread

This used to be excellent bread until it was bought out by a venture captilist firm that is creating a monopoly on "natural" and organic mass-marketed breads by buying Matthew's, Vermont Bread, Rudy's, and The Baker, so far.

Now the Matthew's bread has twice as much air in it including big holes (I wonder if the weight on the package is still legit), added "natural flavors" to make up for all the air, and they bag it so soon after it comes out of the oven that it gets lots of condensation in the bag. All that water causes it to mold almost as soon as you get it home. If you try to freeze it, the excess water causes the slices to stick together so they break when you try to separate them. Since it's sliced while it's still hot and soft, the slices are very uneven.

The company has... unlisted all the phone #'s of the bread companies they bought and their corporate headquarters, and scoured the Internet to make sure not a trace of the numbers remain. When you send a message to Matthew's Bread via their online form, you get no response. They HATE their customers--apparently we're the enemy. I suggest buying freshly baked bread from the bakery of your local natural foods store. These jerks don't deserve to succeed in a bad economy when we're all trying to get value for our money.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009, 10:52 AM

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Matthew's All Natural Whole Wheat Bread

This used to be excellent bread until it was bought out by a venture captilist firm that is creating a monopoly on "natural" and organic mass-marketed breads by buying Matthew's, Vermont Bread, Rudy's, and The Baker, so far.

Now the Matthew's bread has twice as much air in it including big holes (I wonder if the weight on the package is still legit), added "natural flavors" to make up for all the air, and they bag it so soon after it comes out of the oven that it gets lots of condensation in the bag. All that water causes it to mold almost as soon as you get it home. If you try to freeze it, the excess water causes the slices to stick together so they break when you try to separate them. Since it's sliced while it's still hot and soft, the slices are very uneven.

The company has... unlisted all the phone #'s of the bread companies they bought and their corporate headquarters, and scoured the Internet to make sure not a trace of the numbers remain. When you send a message to Matthew's Bread via their online form, you get no response. They HATE their customers--apparently we're the enemy. I suggest buying freshly baked bread from the bakery of your local natural foods store. These jerks don't deserve to succeed in a bad economy when we're all trying to get value for our money.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009, 10:52 AM

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Bowness organic Bread - Flax seed.
So yummy and feeling lots of fiber

Wednesday, March 04, 2009, 10:53 AM

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My favorite is...

I love Alvarado Street Bakery breads....especially toasted and topped with a heaping tablespoon of natural, no-sugar peanut butter!

Check out the link!


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Wednesday, March 04, 2009, 1:50 PM

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I second the Orowheat Light!

I love this bread. 80 cals and only 1 Point for Wt Watchers value. Spread with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light and you only have 2 points total!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009, 2:38 PM

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figured i'd throw this in there too lol

i was surprised you said wheat bread was syruppy sweet and sent you back to white bread... it was the opposite for me! i always thought white bread was too sweet and i actually PREFER wheat bread.

i LOVE stroehmann's - its very filling and flavorful but not sweet. it's the only one i eat.

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 1:20 AM

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I love Ezekial bread. Get it at Trader Joes or Whole Foods.

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 3:57 AM

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