Q: "I’m in my sixties and my teeth aren’t very strong. Recently I’ve had problems when eating wholegrain bread or toast. Can you suggest a wholegrain bread that’s suitable for me, or is wholemeal a healthy alternative?"
Kerry Howard (Coffs Harbour, NSW)
A: Wholegrain bread is a healthy choice as it’s high in fibre and low GI. But if you’re breaking your teeth on it then you definitely need to find a softer brand or change to a different variety of bread. These days most of the big bread manufacturers pre-soften their grains, which makes wholegrain breads much safer for people like yourself and more enjoyable for children, who don’t enjoy the extra chewing that harder grains require. If you usually buy your bread from a local bakery you may not realise that there is a difference. Take a look at the choices in your supermarket next time you shop – many brands of wholegrain bread promote their softness on the label. Alternatively, wholemeal bread without the hard ‘bits’ or dark rye bread are other healthy choices.