PICTURE THIS: you’re at the diner and your waiter asks you what type of toast you would like with your gourmet breakfast. Obviously, you’re going to respond by saying “whole wheat”. You’re super healthy so whole wheat is naturally the right way to go…
News flash people: whole wheat bread sucks.
If not 100% whole wheat, (which most aren’t) the bread is actually worse for you than better. According to Forbes magazine, If it isn’t labeled as 100% whole wheat, bread can contain enriched flour. Enriched flour has just about as much nutritional value as that oreo you ate last night. Enriched flour is known to give people sugar spikes annnnnnnd crashes. Basically, enriched flour means nutrients are stripped from the bread.
When thinking about which bread is healthiest, the key is to look at the ingredients. The first ingredient listed on the ingredient label tells the story. If it’s “wheat flour” or “enriched bleached flour” (or similar), it means that whole wheat flour was not used. Generally, if the ingredients list wheat/enriched flour, white flour was used to make the bread.
Did ya know that whole wheat bread can actually increase your blood sugar? Whole wheat bread is basically like eating a sugary soda or a candy bar. According to Life Extension magazine, this is primarily because of the amount of sucrose that is in whole wheat bread.
Sucrose is noooooot the best for you. Sucrose is a combination of fructose and glucose, both forms of sugar. Glucose is accompanied by insulin, the hormone that allows entry of glucose into the cells of the body, converting the glucose to fat. The process is pretty simple: the more glocuse you consume, the higher insulin admitted into your body, the fatter you get.
I know there are a ton of crazy diets going on right now focusing on cutting out all carbs. How is that even possible? I am a bagel feen and need my fix of carbs at least once a day (or twice…). My intentions of this blog post are by no means trying to get you to stay away from bread, or carbs in general. Alllll I’m saying is that for now on I may take a little bit of extra time to check out the ingredients of loaves of bread and maybe stray away from whole wheat bread altogether.
I’m thinking that whole grain bread may be the way to go, whole grains are naturally low in fat and cholesterol free. These types of bread contain 10 to 15 percent protein and have a ton of fiber…. What is your take on whole wheat bread?