Bread is a food widely consumed by both small children and grown-ups(Adults) all around the world.
It is made from flour and water with other additives to give it a pleasant taste and nutritional value.
If you are among those who cannot do without eating bread, you should be aware of it's health impact, whether to continue eating it or whether to look for an alternative.
Low in Essential Nutrients:
Breads are rather high in calories and carbs but low in protein, fat, fibre, vitamins and minerals.
However, it's nutritional contents varies according to the bread type.
Here is an analysis of three types of bread, the White bread, Whole-wheat bread and the Sourdough bread with relatively high calories and carbs content and low in Essential Nutrients (Protein, Fibre etc).
Some breads like Wheat bread contains Gluten, a specific protein type that helps dough rise and gives it an elastic texture.
The said Gluten can cause Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which Gluten damages the lining of your small intestine and impairs nutrient absorption.
It can also cause issues like bloating, diarrhea and stomach pain.
For people sensitive to Gluten, wheat bread should be avoided.
High in Carbs Content:
Breads are high in Carbs content. Analysis states that a single slice of White bread packs an average of 13 grams Carb.
The body breaks down Carbs into glucose, leading to an increase in blood sugar levels and hunger.
High Carb diet may also be associated with a greater risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome which can increase heart disease risk.
Whole Grain Bread
However, eating bread such as whole grain breads, high in fibre can slow the absorption of sugar in your blood stream to help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower the risk of heart diseases.
Therefore, when making choice of a bread, always go for the one that suits your health requirements such as low Carb, high Essential nutrients and low Gluten breads. High in fibre content.
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