Bread, crackers and breadsticks: what are the differences?

From wholemeal crackers to more elaborate breadsticks, alternatives to bread are increasingly numerous and delicious: what are the differences? The advice of Rosalba Mattei, associate professor of applied dietary technical sciences at the University of Siena (you can ask her for a consultation here ).

Is bread or breadsticks more suitable for a low-calorie diet?

Diet or no diet, it is always preferable to choose to consume common bread rather than other products such as crackers, breadsticks and flatbreads . Not to demonize, but because it is good to consider that the friability that characterizes them derives from the presence of fats . Attention must therefore be paid to the components, without forgetting the division into salted and unsalted .

Clear Glass Pitcher Beside Bread on White and Red Checkered Table Cloth
Crackers and derivatives are a whim to indulge in every now and then, but they don’t have to be a daily habit. If you follow a low-calorie diet, these products should be eliminated from the diet and so are rice cakes or other cereals because they have a very high glycemic index, even if in appearance they are light and almost healthy. While under the supervision of the nutritionist, the bread can be consumed in small doses.

 From a nutritional point of view what is the difference between bread, crackers and breadsticks?

For common bread we mean a mixture of water, flour and yeast, with or without salt, which provides about 300 calories per 100 grams of product . The substantial difference between common bread and its alternative products is the presence of animal or vegetable fats, present in variable quantities and qualities in crackers and breadsticks. For example, there may be the addition of lard, olive oil, hydrogenated or other fats.

Snack to break hunger: crackers yes or no?

As a mid-morning or afternoon snack, the ideal would be to consume a fruit or yogurt . If you really feel the need and desire for something more consistent, you can opt for a small sandwich, stuffed with lean raw ham or bresaola.

Whole grain is always better?

Wholemeal bread has advantages due to the presence of fiber , which allows carbohydrates to be absorbed more slowly . Whole wheat is therefore fine, as long as the product is prepared with wholemeal flour and not with the addition of bran.

How to orient yourself in the now very wide choice of these products?

If you really can’t help but bring them to the table, at the time of purchase it is very important to read the label carefully so you know what you really consume. The market offers many alternatives, and the choice comes from personal taste, but it is always good to keep in mind that in terms of calories there are no significant differences between one cereal and another. Whether the product is kamut barley or quinoa, the calories are very similar , so there are no great benefits, unless you suffer from gluten intolerance, then you will have to opt for a gluten free product.

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