Bread Can Make You Fat!
I was searching for an article online looking for an answer if its really true that bread can make you fat because I am certified bread eater . It has been my habit eating bread every morning, in the evening and even on my midnight snack. Sometimes it also serves as my dinner already and I love to pair it with hot coffee or chocolate.
I found this article from Ezine Articles where it says that the first real problem why bread can make us fat is the degree of processing that takes place. Processing is something that has radically changed over the years and today up to 80% of the wheat's nutrients are removed during this process. These missing nutrients are then synthetically replaced by chemicals where conventional breads are filled with chemicals.
The second problem is that most bread rapidly raises our blood sugar levels leaving us fat and tired. As we consume bread, it rapidly turns into sugar, this in turn raises our blood sugar levels damaging our arteries and leaving them less sensitive to insulin, our body's natural hormone for controlling blood sugar. Next, our blood sugars plummet leaving us feeling worn out, tired and looking for the next pick-me-up usually caffeine or more carbohydrates. Then the cycle begins again. The liver tends to take up the slack by storing any excess sugar in the form of glucose and once the liver is full it is returned to the body as fatty acids and ultimately stored in the most inactive areas: belly, bum and thighs. So bread equals sugar, which equals weight gain and lethargy.
Finally, most bread contains wheat's natural protein, Gluten. Many people due to excess processing and refinement have become sensitive to gluten and develop intolerance. Gluten intolerance can vary from one person to the next but in my experience many people struggle with it. Often you will be unaware of your intolerance and go on as usual but deep down this gluten is disturbing your inner workings. If you have a strong intolerance then you will probably suffer from internal bloating, wind and stomach aches. We often become so used to these symptoms that it is only when we stop eating wheat and then return to it 30 days later that we realize the huge impact it is making.
However, it says that not all breads are bad and we just have to try opting for rye or spelt. These breads have a lower glycemic load and will release sugars into your system a lot slower thus balancing out your blood sugars, they are also higher in natural nutrients. But more importantly,reduce your intake of wheat as much as possible. Start your day with an oat based cereal and natural yoghurt or porridge. Try eating buckwheat or using buckwheat flour. Quinoa and millet are also highly nutritious grains and make excellent substitutions for pasta.
Now I know I have to lessen my addiction in eating breads everyday because its not good for my health since it helps in gaining my weight.