Food & Nutrition

Is Soreen Malt Loaf Good For You? We look at how healthy this popular food product is

Who doesn’t love a good slice of Malt Loaf, with loads of butter, and a cup of tea? It is the stuff that your morning break is made of. 

There are many reasons why you may choose to enjoy a Soreen Malt loaf but most people are using it as a healthier alternative to cake. According to the brand’s website, the Malt Loaf has 43% less sugar (than the average cake), is low in fat and is vegan-friendly. 

So, we thought we’d do some investigation to see whether Malf Loaf is good for you, and whether should you be eating it as an alternative to cake? 


What is Malt Loaf? 

The long and short of it is that Malt loaf is a form of sweet bread that has been made with malt, and often flavoured with dried fruit. Most commonly raisins, but also apricots or bananas. The consistency is soft, chewy and dense making it a perfect pairing with butter. It was originally invented in Scotland in the late 1880’s and hit commercial popularity under the brand we are talking about today: Soreen. 

Soreen Malt Loaf has been around for nearly 80 years (at the time this post was written) and has been a home favourite for generations. I remember when my mum would pack a slice in my lunchbox when I was a kid. I am now well into my middle age. 


What Makes Soreen Malt Loaf Good For You? 

A short answer to this question is: compared to other cakes and treats, yes, Malt Loaf is good for you. It should, however, be viewed as a treat and not as a valuable source of healthy daily nutrition. 

The main ingredients of malt loaf are fortified wheat flour (usually with vitamins and minerals) sugar syrup and malted barley (including malt extract and malted barley flour). It means that there are some essential minerals and vitamins in the bread, such as Iron (healthy blood), Niacin (vitamin B3), Thiamine (vitamin B1) and Calcium (healthy bones and muscles).


What Makes Soreen Unhealthy? 

If there was one thing that makes the malt loaf unhealthy for you, that is the sugar content. 100g of the loaf (of the original Soreen loaf) contains up to 21g of sugar which is a significant amount. Put it this way, 1/4 of the loaf is nearly 1/3 of your RDA of your sugar intake.  It is worth noting, however, that 60% of the sugar contents come from raisins, which contain natural sugars and are a great source of fibre. Compared to other treats which contain refined sugar, this is a much healthier sweet alternative. 


So, is Soreen ok on a Diet? 

The Soreen Malt loaf is quite calorific, which is fantastic if you have a healthy lifestyle, but not ideal if you’re on a diet. Each 100g of loaf also contains 290 calories which is about the same as a 20-minute run for the average person, and the same as a mars bar. However, there is a huge difference between a chocolate bar and this nutrition-dense alternative. 

In short, yes, Soreen could be a good alternative to a treat if you’re on a diet, but the carbohydrate content of the loaf does make it quite fattening. 


So, is Soreen Malt Loaf Healthy or Unhealthy?

In short, the Soreen Malt Loaf is low in fat, and rich in b vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It is, however, high in sugar. Taken in moderation a malt loaf is certainly a healthy alternative if you’re finding yourself wanting a sweet treat with a cup of tea! 

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