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Gardenia bread, how many calories and is it healthy?

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The people of Malaysia consume Gardenia bread daily as it is the nation’s most popular bread brand. It is famous for the softness and the sweet fragrance of the bread. Due to it being so popular, the brand has released a wide range of flavours including its own original classic, butterscotch, raisin, wholegrain and so on.

However, most people who eat it do not know its ingredient composition nor its nutritional composition. It is extremely important to know the nutritional composition of the food you are eating. This is because the food we put into our bodies will determine our health.

The nutritional composition (classic white) is as follows:
Calories 75
Carbs15 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fat 0 g
Saturated 0 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g
Monounsaturated 0 g
Trans 0 g
Protein 2 g
Sodium 125 mg
Potassium 0 mg
Cholesterol 0 mg
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 0 %
Iron 0 %
gardenia bread calories
As we can see from the nutritional information provided on the label, the bread itself contains 75 calories per slice. And that is not including the jam, margarine or toppings on top. When you add the toppings, it can easily reach to 100 or more per slice. Therefore, if you are watching your physique, it is advisable to watch your intake of this bread.
Although the sodium level is fine, the bread also contains no fibre, low protein and low micronutrients. This makes it not so satisfactory food to be eating often. However, you can always switch to wholemeal bread which has a much higher protein content at 7g per slice. It also contains more micronutrients such as calcium and iron. Therefore, it is a better choice. Do note that the latter option has much more calories at 145 calories per slice.

Gardenia also has ‘desserty’ bread ranges such as their waffle breads, Squiggles and Twiggies. Those contain lots of artificially coloured and flavoured cream and therefore is full of saturated fats. The nutritional content of them is extremely bad, with high calories and high-fat content. Therefore, it is advisable not to consume them.

key takeaways

As much as the article above states that Gardenia bread isn’t the exact healthiest bread to consume, it is good to note that everything should be eaten in moderation. If you enjoy eating Gardenia bread, you don’t need to totally stop eating it. Instead, you can limit your consumption and try out other breads such as sourdough or whole grain breads which are deemed much healthier.

 

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