Health

Why eat bread

Bread is one of the most important suppliers of energy (kilojoules) in most South Africans’ diet. Food nutritionists generally agree that bread, as a starchy food, is an essential part of the foundation of a healthy diet. It is a good source of energy (kilojoules), protein and fibre. Bread is a good base for a snack and can also be eaten with a variety of foods or used for snacks.

Bread contains dietary fibre and research shows that a regular intake of fibre keeps our digestive system functioning well and may help protect against certain cancers. Sunshine Bakery’s Enriched Whole Wheat and Low G.I. Bread provide 20% of a person’s daily fibre needs in just two slices of bread, or one serving.

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Eaten regularly, bread fills you up with the high amount of fibre it contains. You are therefore less likely to overeat at meals because fibre controls the release of energy in our body. Snack on healthy treats like bread to avoid hunger cravings and those unwanted bulges!

If you truly want to be healthier and live the best possible life, start eating healthy. You can start by incorporating soft and delicious, but healthy complex carbohydrates like Sunshine Bakery Bread to your diet.

Sunshine Bakery’s white and brown bread contains 10 essential micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Enriched breads, like Sunshine Bakery Bread, are packed with Vitamin D, Folate, Vitamin A, Vitamins B1, B2 and B3, Calcium, Iron and Iodine which are very important to our body.

Sunshine Bakery white breads have been enriched with folic acid and other nutrients such as B vitamins and iron. To get the most nutrients and benefits, you should include both whole grains and enriched grains (like white bread) as part of your balanced diet.

How much to eat

Your age, gender and level of physical activity plays a role in how much grain food you should eat. While most South Africans eat enough grains, they don’t eat enough whole grains. At least half of all the grains eaten should be whole grains.

Calories & Carbs

Eaten regularly, bread fills you up with the high amount of fibre it contains. You are therefore less likely to over eat at meals because fibre controls the release of energy in our body. Snack on healthy treats like bread to avoid hunger cravings and those unwanted bulges!

Lower in salt

Without any compromise to taste or shelf life whatsoever, Sunshine Bakery Breads contain less salt than most competing brands sold in South Africa.

South Africans currently eat twice the recommended daily amount of salt. This poses such a danger to the nations’ health that the government has begun to regulate how much salt manufacturers can add to processed foodstuffs.

On March 18, 2013, Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, signed an amendment to the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act of 1976 stipulating that there would be a ¬maximum amount of sodium allowed in an array of food. The law requires that bread be lighter on the salt by 2016. Sunshine Bakery Bread is already in the lead in terms of this law and will be one of the first to conform completely.

The legislation is part of a bid by the health department to ward off diseases linked to a high salt intake, such as high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks and vascular dementia.

And the move by the department is statistically justified: according to the South African Medical Research Council, strokes are the third leading cause of death in South Africa, and hypertensive diseases are the seventh.

In 2000 alone, almost 34 000 people died from strokes and almost 17 000 died from hypertensive disease. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, about 130 South Africans suffer heart attacks and about 240.

By lowering the salt content of bread alone, an estimated 6 400 lives could be saved in South Africa every year, a September 2012 study in the SA Medical Journal found.

Start cutting down on your salt intake by changing the bread you eat to Sunshine Bakery Bread.

Source – various, please contact Sunshine Bakery for further details.

Halaal

Sunshine Bakery Breads are endorsed by the South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA).
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Vegetarian

Sunshine Bakery Breads are suitable for vegetarians and do not include honey, milk or eggs.
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Vitamin D

Sunshine Bakery bread is unique to other breads sold in South Africa in that it contains Vitamin D.
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Humans do not get enough sun exposure in the 21st century and because of this, many — if not most —are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for many diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Furthermore, researchers are discovering that vitamin D deficiency may make some diseases more severe. Furthermore, researchers are discovering that vitamin D can be extremely important in the treatment of some illnesses and diseases.

Introduce a little Sunshine in your life, raise strong children and improve on the quality and longevity your and your family’s lives by eating Sunshine Bakery Bread.