Many fit and health-conscious men and women banished bread from their pantries long ago because it’s high on the glycemic index scale. Its sugars are quickly broken down and surged into the blood stream, spiking blood sugar levels and increasing your odds for obesity and diabetes. But that's largely because of old-school white bread. 

If you haven't noticed, whole grains are in. Recent research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found people who ate 70g (about four servings) of whole grains per day, compared with those who ate little or no whole grains, had a 22% lower risk of premature death, a 23% lower risk of death from heart disease, and a 20% lower risk of death from cancer. 

One-hundred percent whole grain and whole wheat bread varieties are typically regarded as the best, but other types have their benefits, too. We've rounded up the healthiest ones to make your trip to the grocery store quicker and easier.

The truth is, most people can tolerate grains/gluten—and research backs it up. Figures from the American Journal of Gastroenterology reveal only about one percent of the population is afflicted with the autoimmune disorder in which the ingestion of gluten can damage the small intestine. It is possible you’re sensitive to grains, however. Check with your doctor or nutritionist to be sure, then have a slice of one of these healthy breads. If you are grain-sensitive or have celiac disease, we've got you covered with gluten-free options as well.