You can find nutritional information below for our recommended recipes using ingredients we purchase for our research and development bakery. Each bakery cafe purchases their own ingredients, so the details will vary by location. For accurate ingredient lists and nutrition, contact your local Great Harvest directly for nutritional information on their specific products.
Nutrition information does vary bakery to bakery, so please check with your local bakery for the most accurate nutrition, ingredient, and allergen information.
Organized by category below are the answers to frequently asked nutrition-related questions. You can also read more about nutrition on the Bread Business Blog.
Whole grains are full of micronutrients which support metabolism and promote body function. They are also higher in fiber which promotes digestive health and keeps you feeling full. Numerous studies have suggested that whole grains aid in the prevention of heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, obesity, and promote weight loss (among other benefits). So, all in all, whole grains promote a healthy body and a trim waist line. And there is scientific evidence to prove it!
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Our whole grain bread is a great choice for most diabetics because it is a nutrient dense carbohydrate choice. Please read the nutrition facts label and work with your Dietitian or Doctor to determine how much you can consume at a time.
Download a free guide from our Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist on the diabetes-carbohydrate connection, titled Managing your Diabetic Diet.
Some bakeries choose to use an egg wash as a traditional method of giving the bread a nice brown color and shine. It can also help prevent bread from drying out as it proofs.
Most likely, yes. Ask your local bakery or cafe to check their salt container label to see if their salt is iodized. If in doubt, assume it is iodized.
Although we currently do not offer sodium-free or low sodium bread products in most of our bakeries and cafes, the salt content in our bread is not unhealthy for most individuals when part of a balanced diet. Nutrition labels are a great tool to help you regulate how much sodium is being consumed and determine if and how our whole grain breads can fit into your diet. Take a look at the nutrition charts linked at the top of this page, and contact your local Great Harvest for the most accurate information.
We do have some bakeries and cafes that have a product line that is made with ingredients that naturally do not contain gluten like brown rice, tapioca, and buckwheat. But because we are a whole wheat bakery cafe, we don’t feel comfortable calling any of our products “gluten-free” because all of our products are at high risk of being cross contaminated with gluten.
We suggest you contact your local Great Harvest to find out what breads and products they are baking fresh each day.
Although we are not an organic bakery cafe, we are fortunate to have a very close relationship with each of our farmers. That relationship allows us to be able to tell exactly which farmer grew the wheat in each loaf of bread. Our farmers do not use chemical treatment after the wheat kernel forms on the plant, but they do apply a post-emergent herbicide and pesticide to the plant when it’s in the leaf stage. This is to ensure that our wheat gets the right nutrients and has a consistent level of quality that we need to make the level of products we desire.
In addition, we test our wheat for chemical residue. We started testing for our own education. We want to know what is going on as much as you do. At Great Harvest, the quality of our wheat and the nutritional value of our products is paramount. As we develop that database of knowledge, you can rest assured that we will act upon it. We will continue to post updates on our blog as we learn more and you may review this Wheat Quality Statement from our CEO.
We do have some Great Harvests that offer a limited organic product line-up. Contact your local Great Harvest to see what products they offer.
Not all of our products are vegetarian or vegan. We do have cheeses in some of our recipes, often include an egg wash on our breads, and use honey made by bees in many products. Ask your local bakery or bakery cafe if they use an egg wash or any other animal products in their baked goods to ensure you are getting a vegetarian/vegan item.
If you have any other nutrition questions, please feel free to send a message to our Registered Dietitian by filling out the form below.