Bread is an important part of a daily diet of a vast majority of Poles. Its consumption, however, is associated with lots of controversy and strange theores, owing to which manyl "bread eaters" are not really aware of what bread really is, how it affects organism and what are the consequences of its elimination from a daily menu. In this article I will give a few tidbits on bread, which many people may find surprising.
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Elimination of bread from your diet does not have to favour weight loss
Although it is quite common to believe that bread consumption is one of the main factors contributing to overweight and obesity, truth is its elimination from your diet does not necessarily have to lead to weightloss and improvement of your body composition. A lot depends on what type of bread we are talking about. Products made from white flour are not your allies in the fight for a slender body, which stems from the fact that they only provide you with "empty calories" in a form of refined, rapidly digested starch; this is not satiated but it does contribute to fluctuations of glucose level in your blood. Exclusion of this type of bread has many benefits. It is different, though, with wholemeal bread. It is a valuable component of a diet since it is characterized by high nutritional values, it contains fiber, suppresses appetite and helps to stabilize glycemia.
Dark bread is not necessarily healthier than light
As already mentioned, wholegrain flour bread is more welcome an ingredient in your diet than white bread. The former is usually clearly darker. This does not mean, however, that in every case dark coloured bread is better than light. Sometimes, unfortunately, it is additionally coloured with barley malt or caramel, but when it comes to decent whole grain flour, there is none. Therefore, you should consult mostly the composition of bread rather than its colour, as this may have little to say about what raw materials were used.
Whole wheat bread is not less caloric than white
It may come as a surprise for those who peruse bread composition labels in search of nutrition values of its different types. The fact is, dark bread is not less caloric than the one baked with refined flour. What is more, if you calculate bread's energy value by slices, disproportion speaks in favour of white bread. However, you should not arrive at too far-reaching conclusions, for it is not energy value that is advantageous for bread, but its nutritional value: presence of fiber, how it affects appetite control mechanisms and glycemia.
Bread is not a necessary component of a diet
Despite the fact that there is no conclusive evidence proving that total elimination of all kinds of bread from your diet will help to reduce body fat (as would bread opponents want), it is also worth mentioning that there is no evidence that bread is an essential component of a diet (as suggested by its enthusiasts). You can live without bread, function normally and enjoy excellent psycho-physical condition and good health. It is not obligatory to eat bread, and no one will suffer from its categorical elimination.