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The Truth About White Bread

29th Apr 2013

Why is it bad?-What a question! I don't even know where to begin.

  • Ever wonder how white bread is white? Its bleached- (Yes, like bleaching your hair) Bleaching kills the flavour, grain and any nutrients that did manage to survive after it has been processed to bits. 
  • So all of the bran (where all the good vitamins are) and flavour has been removed.. what to do next? Oh how about adding in flavourings, salt, sugar, preservatives and toxic additives. Has anyone ever noticed that it takes about 2 weeks for white bread to go mouldy? 
All the things that while bread is missing!
  • Due to the lack of fiber (by lack of I mean you couldn't find any with a flash light) white bread is so difficult for our bodies to digest. Not only does fiber fill us up (which is key if trying to lose weight) it also may lower your risk of diabetes, digestive problems, colon cancer, obesity and heart disease. 
  • White bread is made from refined flour. This a process whereby the wheat germ and the bran are removed from the grain in order for it to have a longer shelf life. So basically all the goodness is removed so that the crap part can last longer... makes sense does it!? 
  • White bread contains empty calories i.e. if you don't burn it off it will make you F.A.T. Due to the fact that white bread has such a low nutritonal value all your body can do with it is utilize it for energy. 
So, to sum up, white bread is bad for weight loss, high in chemicals, low in vitamins, minerals and increases your chance of getting a terminal illness. YAY! (can you tell i'm very anti-white bread? LOL)

  • When buying bread look for the words whole grain and whole wheat. If either of these are not the first ingredients then chances are the bread your are about to buy is actually just white bread sprayed brown! Yummy...
  • If you don't eat white bread then focus on other refined products that might be creeping in to your diet; including bagels, wraps, muffins and packaged cereals. White flour + sugar gives you cookies, cakes, donuts, biscuits and cupcakes. Try ditch these foods too!
Whenever I advise people in work to cut out white bread I either think they are going to punch me in the face or have a heart attack. But, once I tell them that they might as well be giving their kids candyfloss in their lunch boxes they start to come around!

So what can you eat then?

Whole grains: Why are they good?

  • A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer. Whole-grain diets can also improve bowel health by helping to maintain regular bowel movements and promote growth of healthy bacteria in the colon.

  • High in fiber; keeps you full for longer (yay for weight loss), aids digestion and prevention of diseases to name a few!

  • B Vitamins; help breakdown fats, protein and carbs and use them for energy- important to keep your metabolism working and for weight loss. They play a part in helping the body handle stress, nervous system function i.e. brain function and for healthy skin (people who are low in B vitamins are prone to mouth ulcers and cuts on the corners of their mouth!)
  • Rich in protein, iron, minerals and anti-oxidants. 

How do I add it in?

Next time your in the supermarket try and fill your basket with the foods listed below:
  • Oats
  • Brown rice and wild rice
  • Quinoa (yummy grain you cook like rice- find it in the 'healthy section of the supermarket')
  • Whole grain bread
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Corn; including popcorn.
  • Spelt
  • Rye
**Tip: Aim to have at least 2-3 portions of whole-grains per day.

So that doesn't seem too hard does it? Ditch the white add in the brown! Simple. In order to be healthy your body needs a good balance. That's why low carb diets never last!! However, if you eat healthy carbs then problem solved! If you do this and nothing else ( esp if your a white bread junkie) you will 100% notice a difference, Try it, you have nothing to lose...except for maybe a few pounds- The perks of my healthy diet!

Ash xxx

About Me

My name is Ash; I am A 22 year old health addict who is in a love triangle with a clean, nutritious, healthy, lifestyle and lazy days, yummy food and cocktails! I am not someone who will get up before work at 6am to go for a run on the beach (even though I would love to be!!) but I am someone who has found a balance...

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