Bread Makes You Fat??!!

April 23, 2011 |  by  |  Healthy Eating

White bread is made from wheat flour which then has the bran and germ removed. White bread is bleached to remove any yellow colour which destroys many of the vitamins contained in the wheat plus it is full of sugar. This means that it is very easily digested, has a low nutritional value and is low in dietary fiber. When processing white bread your body burns very few calories and it also causes your blood sugar levels to rise. I know you have probably heard it many times before but by substituting white bread for a wholemeal variety you can really boost your metabolic rate. Wholemeal bread is harder to digest (so burns more calories whilst being processed), has a greater nutritional value and most importantly does not cause your blood sugar levels to rise in an uncontrolled way.

When many people go on a diet, they choose to give up bread. Low-carb diets work by removing bread and other foods which are high in complex carbohydrates from your diet. It is important to consider whether or not bread is really the culprit behind your weight gain. Here are some factors to consider if you’re trying to determine whether bread makes you fat or not.

What Type of Bread Are You Eating?
If you’re eating white bread, it is more likely to pack on the pounds over time. The reason is because white bread is higher in calories and carbohydrates than other types of bread. This is why it is a good idea to consider switching to whole grain or whole wheat bread, which is lower in calories and carbs, as well as higher in fiber and other essential nutrients. Pumpernickel bread is also considered to be healthier than white bread.

What Are You Eating on the Bread?
What often leads to weight gain is what you eat on your bread. Meats and cheeses which are high in fat can cause you to gain weight when eaten excessively. Eating lean meats, such as turkey or chicken, and using low-fat or fat-free cheese is ideal when eating a sandwich. Always use lettuce and tomato when making a sandwich. Skip the mayonnaise or ranch dressing and opt for mustard or Italian dressing instead. Butter is also less healthy than olive oil spread if you are eating bread with eggs.

There are a number of different alternatives that you can choose if you want to enjoy a sandwich, but also want to avoid the calories and carbohydrates in bread. Wraps and pita bread are two very healthy alternatives. Using whole grain or wheat varieties of these instead of white varieties will also make eating a sandwich healthier for you. Also think about eating only half of a sandwich with a bowl of soup or yogurt instead of the whole entire sandwich.

When eaten excessively, bread can cause you to pack on the pounds. It is ideal to only enjoy any food that you like in moderation, or you may experience some type of weight gain. However, if you enjoy eating bread, it is a bad idea to eliminate it from your diet completely. You are going to be more likely to want to eat it again and may overindulge in the future. Reducing how often you eat it, how much you eat of it, the type of bread you eat, and choosing healthy alternatives to bread can be the way to go for dieters.

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  1. I used to get in trouble for eating ALL the bread in the house. I can eat an entire loaf in a sitting, so no, it probably wasn’t the bread that caused me to gain weight but rather my lack of discipline with it.

  2. I agree. I didnt realize how much I loved bread until I tried not eating any! I can definitely eat way more than my share and gain weight or just enjoy it in very small portions.

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