Give us this day our daily bread
Bread is often the first to go off the menu when we embark on a diet - but is that wise?
A report from the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance (IUNA) - commissioned by the Irish Bread Bakers Association - has urged us to look again at its nutritional benefits.
"There are so many untruths about bread in Ireland that are totally unfounded," said nutritionist Dr Mary McCreery.
The report says that bread contributes around 20pc to our fibre intake and gives us 9pc of our protein requirements.
And it is only responsible for 1pc of our daily fat and sugar intake. The report also linked good growth and development of preschool children who ate bread.
"Put simply - it's OK to eat sliced bread," said Dr McCreery. "In fact, bread can contribute to a healthy, balanced diet. It's an affordable, nutritious food, that has been consumed for thousands of years. It is low in fat, low in sugar and is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamins, calcium, iron, protein, fibre, and folic acid.
"Like all good foods, bread should be an important part in everyone's diet. But unlike all foods, bread is such good value and is an inexpensive source of many of the nutrients our bodies need, whatever your age."
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