It’s an old saying that “the whiter the bread, the sooner you are dead.” Despite of being aware of this fact, crores of Indians stuff their mouth with white bread every single day of the year. But, why?
White bread is made with processed flour which is certainly not good for our health. It may be easily available, makes a soft loaf and looks delicious but, it has no nutritive substance. Numerous scientific studies have time and again warned us that certain food items like white bread, that are commonly consumed by modern men, will have to find someplace else but our plates.
White bread is used in most savoury foods like Kaiser rolls, bagels, and pizza crusts, and this may be one of the crucial reasons why all these foods have been told to have adverse effects on our health. Here are some reasons why you should give the white bread a miss and head for the browns or whole-grains.
People who are watching their weight may want to watch their consumption of white bread instead. In a study presented at the European Congress on Obesity, those who ate two 60 gram portions of white bread every day were at a significantly higher risk of becoming overweight or obese than those who had lower consumption of the same.
The logic behind this risk is that, because white bread is made with highly refined flour, it absorbs sugar rapidly. Therefore, it is essentially equivalent to high consumption of sugar; and sugars transform into fat. So, people who consume a lot of bread should sensibly switch to wholegrain bread.
When a whole grain is finely ground and stripped of its bran and germ, refined grain forms; it lacks fibre, vitamins and minerals. White bread is made from these refined grains and hence, is low in magnesium, zinc, vitamin E, fibre, and essential fatty acids.
The measurement of how quickly and how much food affects your blood sugar and insulin levels compared with pure glucose is called the glycemic index. The refined grains present in white bread are rapidly absorbed during digestion, which causes spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. So, the high glycemic index in white bread increases your risk for weight gain, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, according to the Harvard School of public Health.
To make the flour whiter, it is bleached with chemicals and heavily processed. Processing the flour sucks 30 nutrients from the bread, returning only a handful. Some manufacturers do add the nutrients later though, but that is of no use.
If you are vegan and consider white bread a part of your diet plan, you must know that it contains animal by-products like eggs, emulsifiers, lactase, shortening and glycerides. Unbelievable, right?
You can happily blame white bread for your tummy troubles. Your digestive health needs fibre to function properly, making white bread a poor source of the nutrient. A single slice of whole grain bread can provide you with the same amount of valuable fibre that 16 slices of white bread contain.
White bread raises levels of bad LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream. This can lead to problems such as heart diseases that are related to the narrowing of the arteries. When levels of LDL cholesterol become too high, artery walls thicken and get blocked, leading to thrombosis (blood clots) as well as high blood pressure.
But, all is not lost! While eating white bread is bad for your health, bad for your weight and bad for your digestive system, there is healthy alternative- whole grain bread; it retains the nutrients and dietary fibre.
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