Bread is one of the most popular foods in the western (American) diet. Men and women all over the country are eating breads and pasta for virtually every meal of the day. Toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and ravioli for dinner.
As you can imagine, and may have likely seen, eating wheat can cause many health complications. Do any of these health issues sound familiar?
+ Irritable Bowel Syndrome
+ Excessive Weight Gain
+ Type 2 Diabetes
+ Heart Disease
+ Fatty Liver
These are just a handful of problems men and women all over the world can face from eating excessive amounts of bread found on the shelves at the grocery store.
Why Is Bread So Bad?
Bread is a major culprit because it’s extremely processed. White, wheat, rye, and many other breads on the shelves of the grocery store in many cases contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and genetically modified (GM) wheat.
You know that high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives are bad. So I’ll explain a little more about GM wheat. Before non-organic wheat is planted, a scientist specifically changes the DNA of the plant seed.
These plants are modified for resistance to pathogens and herbicides. These new genetically modified crops have not been tested long term for environmental effects. They have also never been tested long term on humans.
What Should I Eat?
The healthiest bread you can eat is organic. There are several options when choosing organic bread. The popular brands of bread that I recommend to clients are Ezekiel and One Degree.
You’ll find these 2 brands of bread in the frozen food section. These breads are organic and they don’t contain any preservatives. You can choose between tortillas or regular bread slices.
Both brands of breads taste differently so it depends on what you like better. There are several other types of breads you can eat too. It depends on the area you’re in and the stores that are available to you.
If you find another brand of bread you’d like to try, make sure you read the ingredients label first. Avoid any processed ingredients we’ve talked about and choose organic.
How Much Can I Eat?
I typically only eat bread once or twice a week. I recommend that you eat bread at the same rate too.
Once you start eating higher quality foods, you’ll find other foods to eat and you’ll quickly forget about bread. Once you establish healthier eating habits, you’ll never look back.
A popular objection to giving up wheat breads is that “you won’t get enough vitamins”, which is not true. Vitamin b6 is an important vitamin found in bread. The recommended daily amount of vitamin b6 is 1.3-1.7 mg per day for adults.
The USDA says that 2 slices of whole wheat bread contain 0.117 mg of vitamin b6. Check out these other foods that have much more vitamin b6 than bread does…
+ 1 Cup cooked Spinach 0.44 mg
+ 4oz Chicken Breast cooked 0.68 mg
+ 4oz cooked Tuna 1.18 mg
+ 1 cup Avocado 0.41 mg
The reason you should limit your bread consumption is because too much bread too often can cause your blood sugar levels to constantly be elevated. Elevated blood sugar levels are known for causing weight gain.
This may surprise you, but processed wheat bread elevates your blood sugar levels even more than a candy bar does. That’s right, eating a candy bar can keep your blood sugar levels more stable than wheat bread.
Stick to the breads we recommend to improve the quality of bread you consume, and limit your consumption of bread because wheat can cause elevated blood sugar levels, which is something you’ll want to avoid.
Do you enjoy eating bread? Did you know that bread could be this detrimental? Let me know in the comments section below.