Bread is fattening

In itself bread is not particularly fattening. All foods consumed in excess of our body's kilojoule needs will make us fat. An average loaf of bread is of medium energy density and provides about 250 kilojoules per slice. This varies slightly from bread to bread, depending on the type and the water content. Wholemeal breads have slightly less kilojoules on a weight-for-weight basis than the average white or brown breads. Of course, the major energy contribution often comes from what we put on our bread - butter or margarine followed by jam, cheese or sliced sausage. To decrease kilojoules, try having your next slice of bread without butter or margarine.