The older you get, the harder it becomes to lose excess weight. We all hear about popular diets that celebrities undertake in order to shed pounds, and through magazines, the media, and other sources, we may see bread and carbs as the ultimate evil when it comes to losing weight. Is banning bread the answer to weight loss and overall health, or are we too quick to jump off the bread bandwagon, foregoing the benefits of grains?
How Bad Is Bread For You In All Actuality?
Eating bread may not be as bad as we are led to believe. In fact, bread has lots going for it. What are some of the reasons you shouldn't push away the bread basket next time you head to a restaurant? For starters, bread is packed with fiber, which is essential at keeping our systems regular and healthy. Bread is good for your heart, and loaded with B vitamins, which are great sources of energy. Then there is the obvious: bread is a carb, and carbs fuel our bodies with energy.
Bread Isn’t Just Bread
Not all breads are created equal: a slice of processed, white bread will not have as many health perks as a piece of whole-grain bread loaded with nuts and seeds. When you go to purchase bread, opt for breads that have a higher fiber content (at least 3 grams per serving) and contain more whole grains; no white bread. Healthy bread may cost more, but its benefits are worth the extra buck.
Don’t Cut Bread Out Completely
Cutting out bread completely may deprive our bodies of necessary nutrients. It's best to consume healthy breads moderately, and avoid loading bread up with too many high-fat toppings, including mayonnaise, cheese, butter, and other fattening extras in order to keep bread healthy. It's recommended that you eat 6 ounces of grains per day, with at least half that amount in whole grains. Keep in mind that some items may contain more servings, such as a large bagel.
Another trick to staying slim and enjoying bread is to opt for the newer, thinner versions of traditional favorites like bagels and English muffins. Called bread "thins," these healthier servings offer fewer ounces per piece, so you could consume more healthy grains per day and not blow your whole serving amount in one meal.
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