Does Bread Cause Gain Weight ?
Whether bread cause gain weight or not is probably the question we hear the most frequently. Bread is the most common carb source. So before we answer the question above let’s see what carbs are and how are they useful for our body.
Carbohydrates are made up of starch, sugar and fiber. Starch and fiber are classified as complex carbs, and sugar is a simple carb. Simple carbs are usually the ones we must avoid, while complex carbs are usually the good ones. So why are carbohydrates important for us? The answer is that our bodies break the carbohydrates down and convert it into glucose which turns into the fuel our brains need. That means the body needs carbohydrates.
Do you eat bread while losing weight ?
Since we’ve got to know carbohydrates let’s get back to the main question: Does bread cause gain weight? Technically yes, it does. So should you cut out the bread from your daily diet? The answer would be like “Well yes, but actually no.” What does that supposed to mean? It means you should cut out the bread, not whole wheat bread but the white bread. Because white bread contains simple carbohydrates, and remember those are the bad ones.
People say that whole wheat bread has less calories than white bread. That’s actually not true. Both bread types have almost the same calories. But there are some differences between them:
- Brown bread has Vitamin-B, while white bread does not
- Because of its pulp content brown bread will keep you full longer than white bread
- White bread has a higher glycemic index and makes you gain weight a lot faster. Brown bread has a lower glycemic index, keeps your blood sugar level more stable, so your body use the energy before your body stores it as fat (Click on the following link for more information about Glycemic Index)
- Brown bread is rich in fiber, so it’s easier to digest
What you will gain by consuming bread ?
Consuming fiber-rich brown bread
- Reduces colon cancer risk
- Unlike claims that bread cause gain weight, because of its pulp content it might help to lose weight
- Reduces cardiovascular risks
- Reduces risk of having Type 2 Diabetes
Things you have to keep in mind while buying bread
- Prefer whole wheat bread
- The bread must smell like actual wheat
- The bread must be hard and its color must be dark
- Wheat does not have a sweet taste. If the bread is sweet that means it probably contains corn syrup. Corn syrup is not good for health
- Whole wheat bread is rich in fiber. The more fibrous food you contain, the easier to digest
- The recommended amount of sodium is 400 mg per bread. So better check the label
- Additives are usually added to foods to keep them fresh and tasty for a longer time, better be aware of what substances your bread has
- If you’re buying the bread from a bakery, better ask for ingredients
How much should we consume?
- Whole wheat/rye bread ——– 1 thin slice
- Lavash ——————————- ¼ of a lavash
- Rolled oats ————————- 2 tablespoon
- Whole wheat grissini sticks —- 2 sticks
Homemade Bread Recipe
- 300 ml warm water
- A little of olive oil (to give shape)
- 4 glasses of whole wheat flour
- 2 dessert spoon of dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Sesame or black seed (Optional)
Mix yeast and warm water, let it swell for 15 minutes. Mix flour and yeasted water in a large bowl until you have a nice soft piece of dough. Knead the dough for 10 minutes, and let it get fermented for 2 hours. After 2 hours knead it a little bit and put it on a tray. Let it set for 30 minutes more. You can add sesame or black seed too. Set the stove on 200 degrees Celsius (if your stove has a fan you can set it on 180) and cook it for 30-40 minutes until both bottom and top get baked. Enjoy your homemade whole wheat bread!
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