SHOULD YOU EAT BREAD ON A DIET? My rating: 4 out of 5

Created by: Ayo Elizabeth Olaogun (@ayovanelmar)

Modified by: Nanya Konwea



Ahhh Bread! The easy food for all times of the day, don’t you just love how you can eat it fresh on the go, at the office, or with the right additions – mayo, jam, nutella, and butter – it could make for a good sandwich? Asking bread lovers what that hardest thing to give up would be, they’ll tell you easily – bread.


Sadly calories still rule this game, yep; everyone is counting them. The aim is to consume fewer calories than you burn and choosing whole-wheat bread over white may help you burn more abdominal fat while dieting, so step to the whole wheat section at Shoprite please.

Nowadays, most major supermarkets in Africa stock dark breads such as pumpernickel and others rich in healthy seeds, such as pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds. It is important not to confuse all of these kinds of bread but to choose what’s best for you. This episode of Eat Right Africa by Ayo Elizabeth Olaogun shows you how to choose quality bread on your diet and how to spice up you bread with healthy ingredients.


When you’re reducing calories for weight loss, you have less opportunity to get the vitamins and minerals you need for optimal health. That’s why it’s especially important to choose foods with high nutrient density, those packing significant amounts of nutrients in relatively few calories. Whole grains and rich seeds contain far more B vitamins, vitamin E and other nutrients than refined grains, helping you get the most nutritional stock up.

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For proper nutrition, however, spread calories among all major food groups. Include fruits, vegetables and protein sources such as beans and fish in your diet along with whole grains.

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