More And More People Are Refusing Bread. Is It The Right Decision?
June 12, 2019 15:44 By Fabiosa
Bread is the staff of life. We eat it every day, making it a symbol of labor and wealth throughout the world since time immemorial. But people are increasingly ignoring fresh bread, looking for a lower-calorie replacement, or refusing it altogether. Is this justified?
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What kind of bread is sold today?
Most types of bread from stores are made from wheat flour of primary or secondary processing, purified from the most useful particles – coarse shells, covering the grain and containing the largest number of valuable substances. This flour contains mainly fast carbohydrates, leading to weight gain.
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Looking at the label of any loaf, we also find ingredients such as sugar, salt, sweeteners, flavor enhancers, and preservatives. So, is it really worth eliminating bread from the diet?
But what about healthy bread? Does it even exist? Yes!
Wholegrain bread contains whole grains of wheat in its raw form and useful carbohydrates, fiber, folic acid, and iron.
Gluten-free bread is made from oats that don’t contain gluten and is suitable for allergic and gluten-free people.
Bread from sprouted wheat contains the maximum useful properties.
Bread and pastries with probiotics and enzymes stimulate digestion.
Bread from refrigerators is sold in frozen form because it doesn’t contain preservatives that prolong shelf life.
A slice of whole-grain bread with avocado dressing, roasted vegetables, or cutlets with lentils dried in the oven will be much more beneficial than with butter, cheese, or bacon, that contains no less harmful ingredients than ordinary white bread.
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How to choose a good bread?
1. Follow the 10:1 rule. For every 0.03 oz (1 gram) of carbohydrates, there should be 0.3 oz (10 grams) of fiber.
2. Choose natural. Wheat in recent years is also saturated with pesticides and chemicals, so look for the label “100% organic.”
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3. Buy in bakeries. Bread is produced more often in special bread shops. Moreover, it is always fresh, hot, and tasty.
4. Look for barley, bran, and rye. They are rich in fiber and prevent the rapid release of sugar into the blood.
5. Bake at home. Bake bread according to your own recipes, replacing the usual flour with coconut flour to increase the nutritional value of the bread. Also, add nuts and pumpkin seeds to the dough – this will reduce the glycemic index of the product at the same time.
Remember, the benefits of food depend not only on the bread we choose, but also on the rest of the food we consume for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
What kind of bread do you usually choose for your family?