The Truth about Bread: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

In the last decade-plus, we’ve been inundated with crash diet after health craze, each promising a different miracle than the last. The Mediterranean diet, vegan, paleo, keto, intermittent fasting...which one is superior? The truth, as always, probably falls somewhere in-between each of these plans, or perhaps some blend of all of them. To their credit, each likely offers a certain health benefit that’s hard to find elsewhere. Whether you adhere to any of these diets or none of them, it’s likely that you’ve been taught to restrict or even eliminate bread from your diet in the past...the dreaded other B-word.

The problem with that recommendation is that it lumps togetherall breads in the same proverbial basket. We also tend to try to eliminate “guilt” foods, but creating emotional negativity around any food is not the best foot to start off on if we’re talking about creating good habits. Although the research is always changing (hence the “diet of the year” trends), by now, anyone who is wellness-conscious knows that heavily processed foods are not encouraged when it comes to getting your body to function optimally and reduce inflammation. 

But contrary to what many food fads may have you thinking, incorporating some “good” carbs into your lifestyle is a plus. Eliminating them entirely? Not so much. Think your brain (and stomach) can’t distinguish between a bread that’s been made from bleached wheat flour and heavily processed versus one that’s made from flaxseeds and sprouted whole grains? Think again!

The nerds at ROYO are totally on board with eating plans that encourage a healthy lifestyle, efficient digestion, and nutrient-rich whole foods. We also don’t believe that wholesome food has to taste icky or lack flavor. Ergo, instead of eliminating bread altogether, why not embrace bread made from ingredients that are permissible on most of these diets (can you say keto-friendly?) and healthy in general? ROYO to the rescue.

Why is ROYO the smartest choice? Any and all flavors of this bread are made primarily fromflaxseeds (pre-ground for easy digestion), which pack an incredible punch of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. What else does it contain? Among other real ingredients, oat fiber, psyllium husk, malted barley, and even ginger! More importantly, what’s missing from this bread? Anything bleached or enriched, preservatives, and sugar (which is found in almost all breads). This bread is the real deal (and yummy); it’s acceptable as part of a ketogenic diet, vegan, low-carb (just one net carb per serving), high fiber, and high protein (because what’s the point of getting full if you don’t stay full?). 

So, when it comes down to a balanced lifestyle, it’s essential to remember the basics: You always win when you have wholesome, freshly made foods whose ingredients you can actually identify. Now you can actually lookforwardto a delicious and nutritious breakfast!

Jasmine Dilmanian is a writer and editor based in New York who always has an eye on the latest in personal health. As of late, she has contributed to the Heavenly Tea Leaves blog and worked with NYT best-selling author and mental wellness guru, Jessica Joines. Jasmine has contributed to various lifestyle and fashion publications including The New YorkerTown & CountryNew York magazine/The Cut, Womenswear DailyTravel + Leisure, Tablet, and Time Out. Proficient in multiple languages, Jasmine's interests include travel, health, interior design (Instagram: @downfordecor), media, music, fashion, and politics.