For this year’s National Bread Week, we’re asking everyone across the island of Ireland what makes them a #BreadLover. After all, this staple food is steeped in tradition, and there are few foods that have so much to offer in terms of versatility, taste and convenience.

Registered dietitian Dr Mary McCreery has come up with ten reasons why we should dedicate a whole week to celebrating our favourite food:

  1. Evocative smell: not only does bread taste delicious, its very smell makes us happy.
  2. Versatility: as well as having so many varieties, there are endless ways to enjoy bread from toasting it or dunking it to filling it or topping it!
  3. Nutritious: bread is a source of many nutrients including protein, folic acid, fibre and vitamins & minerals.
  4. Iron rich: Irish people get more iron from white bread than we do from meat or fish and it’s also the second highest contributor to our calcium intake.
  5. Nostalgia: bread is an integral part of our memory bank from a happy family picnic to making toast over the fire with your gran. Almost two thirds (63%) of us said bread evoked happy memories.
  6. Low in fat and sugar: Irish bread is among the best in the world and is low in fat and sugar. Both brown and white Irish bread provide just 1% of the fat content of the Irish diet.
  7. Daily variety: with so much choice from soda, potato and batch, to butter loaf, wheaten and sourdough, we can eat a different variety every day of the week across a wide range of meals.
  8. Tastes great: we think few would disagree!
  9. Protein and Folic Acid: Research by the Irish Universities Nutritional Alliance (IUNA) showed that bread provides as much as 10% of Irish people’s daily intake of protein and folic acid.
  10. Loved by most: Nearly two thirds of us (65%) are proud bread lovers and a further 10% admit to being secret bread lovers!

So, let’s try and make everyone a proud #BreadLover by the end of National Bread Week.

National Bread Week is back for the 5th year running, from 10th – 16th September 2018. Keep up with all of the action via our social media channels and tell us what makes you a #BreadLover – Tweet us @LoveYourLoaf or leave a comment on our Facebook page @NationalBreadWeek.