Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What is the best way to keep bread fresh?

A: When shopping, be certain to check the sell-by date so that you know you are getting the freshest bread possible. We recommend storing bread in a room temperature setting, away from heat sources like microwave ovens and stoves.

 

Q: Can I freeze Healthy Life Bread?

A: Yes, we recommend removing as much air as possible by wrapping the bag tightly around the bread to keep out moisture and protect it from freezer burn. The bread will last about 4-6 months in the freezer.


Q: What is the significance of the whole grain stamp on Healthy Life packaging?

A: The FDA has not set forth guidelines for claims of “excellent source” or “good source” for whole grains as they did for vitamins and minerals. So, in order to inform consumers, the Whole Grains Council created stamps that food companies can display on packaging. These stamps will indicate the amount of whole grains in a serving of the product.

Click here for more information about whole grains, their benefits and the most recent research findings along with further details on the Whole Grain Stamp.

 

Q: What stores in my city carry your Healthy Life products?

A: Check the link “Where to buy Healthy Life” for locations closest to you that sell Healthy Life.


Q: I do not live in the territory shown on your website map. Can I order your bread on-line?

A: Yes, we have an online store. Click here to order now.

 

Q: How many grams of whole grain should an average healthy adult eat a day?

A: According to the newest USDA Dietary Guidelines and the accompanying Food Guide Pyramid released in 2010, the amount of grains you need to eat depends on your age, sex, and level of physical activity (see: www.choosemyplate.gov).

The following amounts are recommended:

Men 19-30 years old - 8 ounces of grain foods per day
Men 31-50 years old - 7 ounces of grain foods per day
Men 51+ years old - 6 ounces of grain foods per day

Women 19-30 years old – 6 ounces of grain foods per day
Women 31-50 years old – 6 ounces of grain foods per day
Women 51+ years old - 5 ounces of grain foods per day

In general, 1 slice of bread can be considered as a serving or a 1 ounce equivalent from the grains group. One ounce equals 28 grams. The USDA Dietary Guidelines also recommend that at least half of your daily grain intake should be from whole grains.

 

Q: Are there any ingredients in your Healthy Life Bread products that are derived from animal sources?

A: The glycerides, and other ingredients in our Healthy Life products which could come from either animal or vegetable sources, are all derived from vegetable sources. A few of our breads do contain whey, the liquid portion of milk, as a natural preservative. If the bread contains whey, this would be listed in the ingredient legend.

 

Q: Why does the Nutrition Facts panel on my bread say one slice has 3 grams of fiber and 2 slices has 5 grams – the math doesn’t seem correct?

A: One of the FDA regulations is that all values listed under Nutrition Facts, if they are other than a whole number, must be rounded. Rounding rules are set forth in the labeling laws and dictate what manufacturers must report (to the nearest half, nearest whole number, etc).

As an example, if the fiber in one slice is actually 2.70, this number, since it is closer to 3 than 2, must be rounded to 3. If the fiber in 2 slices is 2.70 + 2.70 (equaling 5.40), the 5.40, since it is closer to 5 than 6, must be rounded to 5.

While this method of calculation can occasionally be confusing, the presumed logic is that it is easier for consumers to mentally add or subtract rounded numbers than numbers carried out to one or two decimal points. Per FDA regulations, you will find this same reporting criteria used on all Nutrition Facts panels on all products.

All Lewis Bakeries nutrition facts panels, ingredient legends and packaging claims follow the rules and regulations regulated by the FDA. All nutrition facts panels and ingredient legends for all of our products are calculated by a third party independent laboratory.

 

Q: Are your Healthy Life products good for diabetics? For specific weight loss diets (ex: Weight Watchers, etc.)?

A: We are not qualified to make recommendations concerning medical or physical conditions since our expertise is the baking business. However, if your doctor or dietician recommends specific foods or nutrients as part of a treatment plan, you can print out the Nutrition Facts information on the Healthy Life products and let them advise you on how these specific bakery products would fit in your recommended diet.

Also, if you are following a weight loss diet plan, you can get information from either literature, group leaders or your doctor concerning how to include Healthy Life in your daily/weekly meal planning.

 

Q: Do your products contain L-cysteine? 

A: We do not have L-cysteine in any of our products. Furthermore, we are not allowed to use this ingredient with the Kosher certification that we have on many of our products.