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How Do I Choose the Best Rye Breads?

By Sherry Holetzky
Updated May 16, 2024
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Many people enjoy rye breads but you may not always be sure which ones are the best. For health-conscious folks, whether or not the bread is whole grain will be important. Many types of commercial rye bread are still made with enriched flour so it is important to read the label if this is a concern. Some folks like to make homemade rye bread, either by baking from scratch or using a bread machine. Other people just want the best-tasting rye breads.

When choosing any type of food, it is important to consider the information given on the label. A good rule of thumb is that products contain the most of whatever item is noted first on the ingredients list. Also, some products will use phrases such as “includes whole grain.” This is not the same 100% whole grain, so observe carefully.

The benefits of rye breads are many. While some consider it a “lesser” grain than other types, many important vitamins, minerals, and other elements are contained in rye. It is said by many that rye can help lessen the risk of cancer, help lower cholesterol, and help prevent heart disease. It is also suggested for weight loss and better digestion.

Rye breads also contain gluten. Due to this fact, rye isn’t recommended for people with issues such as celiac disease. While people practicing a gluten-free diet may wish to avoid rye breads, they also need to avoid wheat as well. Be aware of any product processed where items containing gluten are processed.

You can find a good deal of recipes for various types of homemade rye breads online. If you wish to bake your own bread, look for baking cookbooks as well. You can also purchase ready to make rye for use with a bread machine. If gluten is a concern, keep in mind that special bread flours may contain more gluten than your typical bag of flour.

Aside from the health benefits, rye breads are also very tasty, alone as well as when paired with specific foods. Rye bread tastes very good toasted. There are many varieties including dark, light, with caraway seeds, or without, and the loaves are available in numerous sizes and shapes. Some deli favorites include corned beef or pastrami on rye, as the flavor of the bread complements the flavor of the meat. Heartier, or denser, rye breads tend to be preferred for deli-style sandwiches.

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Discussion Comments
By Heavanet — On Jul 01, 2014

If you like mustard on sandwiches, you should try rye bread that has a lot of seeds in it. They make the bread have a richer flavor, and their flavor is complimented nicely with mustard.

By Raynbow — On Jun 30, 2014

If you prefer a mild flavored rye bread, you should choose marbled rye. It is tasty yet not too strong for people who do not like strong flavors. It also goes great with any type of sandwich meat or cheese.

By Rundocuri — On Jun 29, 2014

When it comes to rye bread, I think that a good rule of thumb to remember is that the darker the bread, the richer the flavor. Dark rye breads are great for hardy sandwiches, while lighter rye bread is good for toasting.

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