In this part of the world, white bread is a popular and convenient, portable, and tasty food, it contains very little nutrition.
However, it is unhealthy, potentially fattening, and could even be responsible for so many dangerous health effects.
Reasons you should limit white bread:
1. Less nutritional value: White bread is delicious but at the end of the day we are eating for one reason: to nourish our bodies. White bread made with refined flour fails to accomplish this goal.
When a grain is refined, such as in the making of flour for white bread, the outermost and innermost layers of the grain are removed. This removes the fiber and some 25% protein, leaving behind the starch.
You may see "enriched flour" on the label. While this flour has had some nutrients like B vitamins and iron added back in after the refining process, it’s still lower in fiber and protein than whole-wheat flour.
Opting for whole-grain varieties carries with it a dose of healthy fiber and more protein, adding a nutritional boost to meals.
2. It is bad for the digestive system: White bread, enriched or not, contains very little fiber. Fiber is important to your health and necessary for keeping your digestive system functioning properly.
As roughage that your body can't digest, it helps move the food you've eaten through your stomach, intestines, and then out of your body to keep you regular.
Fiber aids avoid constipation by softening and adding bulk to your stool and may also decrease your risk of developing hemorrhoids.
3. It increases the risk of diabetes: When blood sugar shoots rapidly, excess insulin is released into the bloodstream to push the sugar into the cell. When this occurs on a regular basis, cells become more insulin resistant, making it harder over time to control blood glucose (sugar) levels.
It is important to note that people who consumed excess loaves of white bread per day and also, had limited intake of refined grains had a type of fat that increases the risk of diabetes.
4. Weight gain: After eating refined carbohydrates like white bread, the excess sugar in your bloodstream unless immediately utilized for activity, tends to be stored as fat in your body.
Also, the blood sugar crash will leave you hungry soon after ingesting, so you'll be reaching for another food.
Rapid digestion can increase hunger, leading to a lack of satiety after eating. This in turn, will result in increased caloric intake at the end of the day thereby resulting in weight gain.
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