I think it really depends on the type of bread, and the bakery, etc. Best way is to either ask, or look at the ingredients. Most breads are just flour, water, yeast and salt - so pretty vegan. But different recipes use eggs, honey, milk, etc. So you just have to be a little careful and aware.
White bread isn't vegan, I know that much. If you buy the bread off the shelves one brand, Sprouted Farms, mkes gluten free vegan bread. I know the Max's Flax kind is vegan, but I haven't checked many others as I don't eat breads.
@Trista, so you eat no bread? Do you eat only grains like rice and stuff? I'm from Belgium and here in a lot of breads the put bread improver or butter in it.. You are right, I should just ask in the bakery what the put in it.
@Starflower, do you think that in bagette's and sandwiches are egg's or milk? Or maybe I also just shoud ask that.. I'm just afraid that people will think that I'm weird..
Thanks Tania Katherine, you have a point about bread and I consider to eat less bread, but its yet a little difficult, because I don't know so good how to eat, mostly as breakfast.. I'm not long vegan and everything is new to me, its a little overwhelming sometimes.
Whole foods has a whole wheat bread that is vegan. Lots of breads have so many ingredients that I won't eat them. I don't understand why we need to add all of that extra stuff to it. Like enzymes? what does that mean? What is it? So if I don't recognize the ingredient, or the ingredient list is longer than my arm I toss it back.
Bread really isn't all that great for you, this is true. Eventually you'll come up with some other alternatives, like oatmeal or other grains for breakfast. But meanwhile, find the best bread you can - few preservatives and extra ingredients, whole grain etc. If you're buying it right from a bakery you're probably getting a much better product than something mass-produced. And you can always just say you have lots of allergies, if you are uncomfortable asking about ingredients :)
I usually buy Ezekial bread for sandwiches and stuff. They have different kinds, I have been sticking with the one in the orange bag....can't remember right now what exact kind it is. But it's vegan, as are, I think, many (maybe all) of their breads. I also think they're healthier than some other bigger name brands, with fewer ingredients, and more healthy ingredients. It's in the freezer section in my grocery store, with the other organic and vegan stuff.
Rudy's is another brand that I really like. They make great English muffins and bagels!!
The key to anything regarding being vegan is just to READ READ READ all the labels. It's the very first thing I do anymore when I pick up anything. If there is no label (like in a bakery), you just have to ask. And if it's at a party or something, where it's sitting out, and no one to ask, I usually don't eat it or might have a little, depending on how confident I am in what's in it.