I can tell you straight away that this is probably not the truth about bread, but how many times haven’t you seen this header to an article that is about to tell you something nasty about something you really enjoy; such as cheese, bread or sugar. So today, let me take the fun out of bread!
I love bread! As you may know, I grew up on my mum’s homemade bread with lots of butter and Norwegian Goats Cheese (if you didn’t grow up with it, you probably don’t like it, sort of what the world thinks of Vegemite). If I get my hands on a loaf of freshly baked bread, I can easily finish off half of it without any major problems. Except afterwards. I will probably get really bloated and look slightly pregnant. The day after I will probably weigh 5 kilos more (true story!) and I will need to run a marathon to burn it off. Or is bread really that bad for you? Can you really enjoy bread as a part of a healthy lifestyle or if you wish to lose weight?
There is a jungle out there of bread; white bread, rye bread, multigrain bread, sourdough bread, whole wheat bread, gluten free bread, omega-3 enriched bread, low-carb bread, turkish bread and the list goes on. With so much to choose from, you would think there is some healthy options, right? Unfortunately, choosing a healthy bread based on the colour of the loaf is no longer a valid way, because the marketing experts have figured dark bread sells, so let’s just add some colour to the light bread and it will appear to be healthier (sales trick number one in the bread isle). Gluten free must be a healthier option, right? Just because something is gluten free doesn’t mean it’s good for you. In the bread world, it might be true. Gluten free bread will most likely leave you less bloated then gluten loaded bread will.
The “problem” with bread is the carbohydrates, also knows as the carbs. These little bastards makes you fat, they say. “They” in this case is the low-carbers, LCHF people, Paleo followers and others who don’t generally eat a lot of carbs or bread. I too believe that an excess intake of carbs will make you fat in the long run. How much excess is, varies from individual to individual. It really depends how big you are, how old you are, if you’re a guy or a girl and if you sit on your ass all day or run around like a mad dog is chasing you. If you run a marathon a day, eating a lot of bread won’t do you much harm. If you sit in front of the TV all day, you won’t burn much energy, so the excess carbs will be stored as fat on your ass/thighs/stomach/arms/hips/chin (pick your favourite).
The other “problem” with bread is the grains. Some religions in the diet world claim that we are not developed to eat grains. This includes everything from rice, corn, oat, barley, chia, spelt and all the others in the same family. These are all seeds of a plant and made by the plant to reproduce. All the grains have a strong outside layer, that is there to protect the seed until it’s ready to sprout. Our stomachs aren’t able to process and break down these layers, because the seeds are meant to come out in it’s original form in the other end. You may have noticed this when eating corn….? Therefore, the grain needs to be processed before we eat them to have some of the layers removed. A lot of the nutrition in the grain is removed in this process and we are left with not so nutritious flour to bake bread. Even if we add whole grains to this mix, we can’t actually take up the nutrition from them.
You really have to listen to your own body on this matter. Does bread make you feel good, or does it make you feel tired and lazy? Do you notice your weight go down when you stay away from bread, maybe that’s a good idea for a while. My opinion? A little bread won’t kill you. I love bread, always have, always will. I don’t eat it everyday, and I never eat it white. I have an awesome low-carb bread recipe, if you would like it, I’m happy to share 🙂