Bread: Is It Actually Bad For You?

We all need bread in our lives. It’s just too tasty to give up!

People always say it’s bad for you. But is it really?

Well, it depends… It’s time to clear up this grainy picture and investigate the health effects of bread, both good and crummy.


The Make and Bake of Bread

Let’s leaven the bread puns behind and dive into the science.

Bread is loaded with carbohydrates, which our bodies convert into glucose for energy. Carbs are our bodies’ main energy source, and they’re necessary to get us through the day, both physically and mentally.

The trouble comes when you eat more calories from carbs than your body can use. Those excess carbs are stored as fat, which is a big part of what gives carbs – and bread – a bad name.

But it’s not only carbs that pile on the extra calories. Added fat and sugar are primary culprits. This means we can still enjoy bread and remain guilt-free; we’ve just got to be more selective about what types of bread we consume.

Homemade vs. Shop-bought

Wholegrain bread is better for you, but what if you prefer white bread?

Baking bread from scratch allow you to know exactly what you’re eating. A simple white bread baked at home can taste great with nothing more than flour, yeast, salt and water. Just add a bit of oil to avoid sticking.

Because of the additive process, shop-bought bread contains more carbs, fat and protein than homemade. It’s also likely to contain loads of unnecessary additives, with up to four times as much sugar.

If you don’t have the time to bake your own bread, don’t stress. When shopping, simply seek out bread coated with seeds or other fibre-friendly goodies, which give the loaf a nutritious boost.

Balance Box

Now you know: bread is not inherently bad for you, so long as you use your best judgement and opt for darker breads coated with seeds rather than processed white breads.

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