‘Bread can cause cancer?!’ This was the general reaction among Bread lovers across the country when they recently read about a study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which said that several bread, burger bun and pizza crust samples they had tested contained traces of harmful and (possibly) carcinogenic substances called potassium bromate and potassium iodate. While further investigation and studies are being conducted to determine just how dangerous these substances are, there are healthy and convenient replacements for bread slices if you want to be on the safe side and don’t have the time or equipment to actually bake your own bread. Just make slices of these unexpected replacements and enjoy your sandwich!
Waffle sandwiches are a great alternative to bread. Crunchy, light waffles make for a good replacement for your regular toasted slices.
Fried eggs
Up your protein intake by using fried eggs as the base for a sandwich. Avocados, meat and potatoes go well with eggs.
Apple slices
Don’t get enough fruit in your diet? Try using large slices of fruits like apples and watermelons, instead of bread, in sandwiches for a quick and healthy snack.
Grilled portobello mushrooms provide a great savoury substitute for bread. While this option can get a bit messy, it’s healthy, tasty and goes well with a variety of fillings.
Baingan slices
Eggplants and brinjals are sturdy, soft and have half the calories that bread has. Use with cheese and tomatoes to make a tasty wrap.
Lettuce leaves
Lettuce leaves can be used to make sandwiches and wraps instead of bread. Meat, cheese, hummus and fresh vegetables go well with lettuce.
Gobhi buns
Making crusts or buns with a mixture of cauliflower and cheese, instead of bread or dough, is very popular.
The ramen or noodle burger isn’t the healthiest or prettiest option, but you’ll find that a wide variety of fillings go with this bun (made by cooking instant noodles in a flat, shallow katori and browning them off).