Since the appearance of sliced bread, this fluffy and easy-to-chew bread has become the ally of parents both when it comes to offering a sandwich for a snack and a toast for breakfast for children - and not so much. small- of the house.
However, while sliced bread and traditional bread have similarities, they also have differences. Before the choice of sliced bread or traditional bread, we tell you which is the healthiest for children.
A priori, sliced bread is a little or less recommended option than the second for children. Why?
- Sliced bread is made not only with the basic ingredients of bread - flour, water, yeast and salt - but also with animal or vegetable fats, sugars, plus preservatives or additives, antifungals for example, to ensure its duration beyond what a normal bread lasts. Pre-cooked breads, bars or baguettes also usually contain extra ingredients, such as milk or vegetable oils, as well as seeds and / or nuts.
- The fats present in sliced bread are usually saturated and / or hydrogenated or with trans fatty acids, and are generally used to make the texture of sliced bread soft and fluffy. These fats do not benefit the health of our children at all, and even less if they are taken in excess, such as taking several slices of sliced bread every day.
- Due to the fat content, sliced bread is characterized by being more caloric than the same amount of normal bread. Even though there are many varieties of sliced bread, with or without a crust, wholemeal or multigrain, half white half wholemeal, with or without seeds, etc., they all provide an average of around 250 Kcal / 100 g of bread. However, although it is important to know the calories that each slice provides, it is more important to check its fat content, the less the better, and the lower the proportion of saturated or trans fat, the healthier.
- The carbohydrates in bread are slowly absorbed, coming from the flours used in their preparation - better if they use whole grains than refined flours. Nevertheless, Sliced bread, in addition to these hydrates, contains simple sugars, which are not recommended for health in general, and for oral health in particular. In addition, in the line of oral health, sliced bread does not help the development of children's mouths at all, rather it interferes, damaging it. Taking into account that when introducing complementary feeding, many babies eat purees and it is difficult for them to acquire the ability to chew, this becomes even more complicated if the sandwiches that our children eat are made with sliced bread.
While it is true that sliced bread is less recommended than loaf bread, there is nothing like the bread from a traditional bakery, which, unlike pre-cooked breads, is only made with the basic ingredients.
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