You may be surprise why bread is tag as the enemy of good health, cause is what you are eating daily, well in this article I will share some of the fact checked reasons why bread is considered to be an enemy of your good health. Bread from the supermarket, which is eaten as a staple food daily by many people, causes many bad effects to our bodies. How?
Take a look at the following 15 ways that store bough white bread damages our bodies.
1 Bread is Low in Essential Nutrients.
Even if we turn a blind eye to the problems with bread and focus on the nutrition, we are left disappointed. Bread is not as nutritious as other sources of food such as fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, eggs or meat. Even whole wheat grain bread is disappointing on the nutrition front. Not only is it low in nutrients, it also reduces the absorption of other real food. It does this for two reasons. First, the phytic acid found in whole wheat blocks minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium from being absorbed. Secondly, since gluten damages the intestinal lining, less nutrients are absorbed. Grains do not even have all the essential amino acids that humans need for muscle building and maintenance (unlike bananas which are an excellent source of amino acids).
Unlike other food items, bread, especially white bread and items made from it lack nutrients. You’re not getting any fiber, you’re not getting the wholesomeness of grains — you’re basically getting nothing important out of it. While bread made of wheat is a little better, if you’re looking for nutrients, bread made out of whole grains are what you must opt for.
Conclusion: Bread was traditionally a poor man’s food and is not as nutritious as it is made out to be. In fact, the grains in bread block nutrient absorption in the body. Instead of focusing on bread for your primary meal, it would be more efficient to eat other foods.
2 It contains too much salt.
Most bread varieties, especially the processe3d kind that you buy from the supermarket, contain lots of salt. So if you eat lesser bread, the amount of sodium in your body is significantly reduced. Of course, one slice of bread, every now and then won’t do any damage. In fact, you can bake your own bread at home, without adding too much salt.
3 MAY CAUSE NUTRITION DEFICIENCY.
Eating too much bread can lead to a deficiency in your diet. If you love white bread to the extent that you don’t give yourself the option of eating healthy foods, you might develop a nutritional deficiency. Eventually, you would not get other nutrients from eating only bread and might experience symptoms of nutrition deficiency such as tooth decay, slow wound healing, dry hair and so more. Make sure most of the calories come from unprocessed plant based foods. Bread and wheat products should make up a very small percentage of your diet.
4 INCREASED RISK OF CELIAC DISEASE.
Eating too much bread can cause Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage to the small intestine. Celiac disease and other gastrointestinal symptoms are all related to excessive gluten consumption.
5 MAY CAUSE IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME.
If you suffer from digestion problems or irritable bowel syndrome it is best you steer clear of bread. The high fructan content in wheat bread may be responsible for some of the symptoms you’re suffering. Fructan tends to ferment excessively in your intestines depending on your gut flora. If you are the sensitive type, eating wheat bread can result in abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
6 You gain weight.
Besides the fact that bread can lead to overeating and cravings which will cause you to pack on more pounds, white bread has been stripped of fiber and nutrients. This means your body breaks them down very quickly, so you're not getting any fiber when fiber is something you want to eat plenty of because it keeps you fuller longer. Instead, you're just left hungry and then consuming more calories. A vicious cycle!
7 Bread Contains Other Harmful Substances.
If you ever looked at the ingredients listed on the back of a packet of bread, you may wonder if you need a degree in chemistry to work out what is in it. Most bread contains sugar or high fructose corn syrup. This sugar, the grains and the many other substances will send your pancreas into overdrive when you swallow them. A lot of these chemicals are preservatives that can stay lodged in your stomach for years.
Conclusion: Most bread has sugar in it which causes your blood sugar to spike even higher. When your blood sugar goes up, your body has to compensate by storing that extra energy in the form of fat.
8 Erratic blood sugar levels.
“Since it's low in the fiber and protein that helps to slow digestion, white bread is digested and absorbed rapidly. This leads to blood sugar's rising quickly,”. This spike — and subsequent crash — in blood sugar not only leads to irritability, but will leave you headed to the vending machine for a pick me up.
9 Increased risk of type-2 diabetes.
“When blood sugar elevates 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. Research published in 2010 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition supports this, finding that people who consumed several servings of whole grains per day — and limited intake of refined grains — had less of a type of fat that increases risk of type 2 diabetes.
10 Difficult to digest.
When a grain is refined, the outermost and innermost layers of the grain are removed. This removes the fiber and some protein, leaving behind the starch. This lack of starch causes the bread to turn into a sticky, gluey mass when mixed with the digestive juice in the stomach. This stays in the system for long and causes a toxic build up in the body. Bread also has lots of gluten which causes bloating, stool inconsistency, damage to the wall of the intestinal tract and tiredness.
11 Contains anti - nutrients.
Lectins and Phytates are toxins that are found in all grains and legumes that bind to certain nutrients (like iron, zinc, calcium and others) and can slow or inhibit your body’s ability to absorb those nutrients. Since bread is made of grains, it can be bad for your stomach, causing inflammation of the stomach lining, making it difficult to absorb nutrients in the foods we eat.
12 Sticks to your gut.
Wheat gluten is basically indigestible, and can stay in the intestines slowly decomposing. It can eventually lead to a coating in the intestines, which creates an environment where yeasts and fungi can grow. This can lead to gas, eczema, shortness of breath, and heart arrhythmia. Also this can cause you to eat more, especially food with simple sugars. Also, the intestines will absorb less nutrients, due to these fungal growths.
13 Clogs your blood.
The clogged intestines release toxins into your blood. These toxins are manifested often in skin problems like acne, eczema, dermatitis, and allergic rashes. These toxins can result from things we ate and drank up to three months in the past. What you eat determines to a large extent the condition of your blood. Limiting processed foods can lead to cleaner intestines, which leads to cleaner blood. Pure blood keeps you feeling younger and fresher, with more energy. This can be seen in the condition of your skin – often these problems begin clearing up soon after changing your diet.
14 Body acidification.
The plethora of intestinal gluten and yeast creates a highly acidic environment. This causes a disturbance in the intestinal mucous. This can lead to substances such as undigested protein, milk caseins, and gluten itself entering the bloodstream. This acid environment also makes it more difficult for the body to burn fat. In addition, it creates an environment more beneficial for harmful organisms to thrive. Acidity is also cited as a major cause of cancer. Finally, the acid removes calcium, which can eventually contribute to osteoporosis.
15 Increase of “modern” diseases.
Obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer’s disease are all conditions which have become more prevalent in modern-day society. The most common result of excess consumption of white refined flour is obesity. A person can be obese, while still falling in the normal height-weight range. It all depends on the percentage of fat in the body. For example, a woman weighing 62kg can have 30% body fat, which would be considered mild obesity. Obesity leads to a higher incidence of cancer and cardiovascular disease, and has with it a correspondingly lower life expectancy. The high glycemic index in white bread causes a massive surge in blood sugar, which leads to insulin flooding the body. Daily consumption of white bread, along with other high carb foods, can lead to a pre-diabetic state. This means the blood has constantly elevated insulin levels. Over time, this can turn into full blown diabetes. In addition, the additives in white bread, especially the poor quality fats, can harm the body. Excess wheat gluten can act as a neurotoxin, damaging nerve fibers which affect brain functions. There is a possibility that excess consumption of wheat gluten can result in such neurological diseases as Alzheimer’s or multiple sclerosis.
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