How bad bread can be?

Bread is one of the most tempting food options in the world, since most of us crave for bread and pastries. It is highly unlikely that someone renounces pastries altogether. Such products have flooded the market and accompany nearly every meal. From very early in the morning, there are pastries and bagels that accompany your coffee, tea or milk, and every other beverage. A quick and at the same time satisfying meal often consists of a sandwich or toast, while dinner usually contains some product based on bread. Let us not forget the variety of snacks available everywhere in the market, including crackers and breadsticks or cookies and biscuits.

Is bread indeed the absolute dietary enemy? Clearly not! However, no one can deny the fact that the majority of people in modern society consume more bread than they actually need. Exaggeration is the very thing that transforms bread from a plain food option into a true food bomb. If consumption is not limited, just like happens with any other type of carbohydrates, the consequences will be disastrous for our diet.

There is another threat, which has only been addresses in recent years worldwide and affects a large proportion of people in connection with bread. In particular, bread is one of the main sources for gluten. Some people find it hard to metabolize gluten, either at a greater or at a lesser extent. In severe cases, people who cannot metabolize gluten suffer from celiac disease. As a result, consumption of baked goods and other breaded products is frowned upon.

Whether you suffer from celiac disease or not, it is equally important to know that bread is not a guilt-free food choice. There are several components that may adversely affect your body, as a consequence of eating bread. In addition to gluten, the usual suspect in relation to bread is without a doubt sugar. Although many people do not know that, most breaded products in their vast majority contain abundant amounts of sugar. Excessive consumption of such products will certainly lead to disastrous effects, since a high number of calories will most likely contribute to obesity.

Moreover, it is advisable to avoid excessively refined breads. Such food options are heavily processed. GMOs, which may be present in processed bread, are equally harmful. Finally, we should not forget inexpensive oils that are used by most industries in the production of bread. Oils such as soybean oil are more likely to further reduce the nutritional value of bread.

On the other hand, there are gluten free breads and bread varieties deriving from wholegrain flour, quinoa, buckwheat and other very healthy seeds. Such breads are ideal choices for our table. So if someone wishes to enjoy a sandwich, a slice of pizza, some crackers and biscuits, it is crucial to experiment with alternative flour options. When we pay attention to the ingredients and when we check that excessive quantities of sugar are not used, bread is not only delicious, but also a quite healthy option!

Best of Health,

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