Wednesday 21 March 2018

Put to the test: Brown bread

Brown bread has to one of the most Irish of foods, and you probably have your own taste preference.

All of the five tested here have pretty similar ingredients; buttermilk, wheat and wholewheat flour, but there were taste differences. We also checked the calorie count as well as sugar and fibre content. If you are choosing on price only, both Lidl and Aldi's prices beat the others by a mile.

Lidl rowan hill wholemeal soda bread, 500g

Score: 4/5

Verdict: Best on price, this bread tastes good and has a nice chewy consistency. It does, however, contain the highest sugar content at 3.4g per 100g, which may account for the sweeter taste, but perhaps that's why we liked it! It contains the lowest calories of the bread tasted (210 calories per 100g) and the bread contains the second-highest fibre content of 4.9g per 100g.

Price: €0.89 (€1.78 / Kg)

Superquinn irish wholewheat brown bread, 420g

Score: 4/5

Verdict: It's pricier, but this tastes more like the bread your mother used to make with a strong flavour and rough texture. It contains 233 calories per 100g and 2.7g of sugar and 4g of fibre, and the packaging boasts an 'eat well' logo.

Price: €1.52 (€3.61 / Kg)

Brennans wholewheat brown bread, 454g

Score: 3.5/5

Verdict: It's a big brand but we didn't think the flavour was the strongest of the lot. It has a good rough texture though and does taste nice. It has the highest calorie count at 234 per 100g but does score lowest for sugar content (1.4g per 100g) and also has the biggest and best fibre content at 5.4g per 100g.

Price: €1.85 at Spar (€4.07 / Kg)

Supervalu stoneground wholewheat bread, 400g

Score: 3.5/5

Verdict: More traditional in taste and flavour and although the texture may be a little too smooth, we liked it. The nutritional values fell in the middle with 233 calories per 100g, 2.7g of sugar and 4.7g of fibre.

Price: €1.42 (€3.55 / Kg)

Aldi ballymore crust farmhouse soda, 400g

Score: 3/5

Verdict: This bread was a little too smooth for our liking. It was also lighter in colour and the taste wasn't as strong as we prefer. That said, the price is right. This bread has 216 calories, 2.6 of sugar and 4.5g of fibre per 100g.

Price: €0.79 (€1.97 / Kg)

Irish Independent

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