Is Bread No Longer an Enemy?

Ever given a dawn of a low-carb craze, bread has been on a outs. Diners ask for a breadbasket to be removed from their tables at restaurants, sandwiches have been shunned, as well as toast is well, toast. But new research may help prove which bread has been unfairly demonized, as well as which a loaf languishing in your kitchen is not a enemy you once thought.

Yanni Papanikolaou, clamp president of Nutritional Strategies, Inc., was part of a group which used data from a National Health as well as Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to examine a role of bread as well as other pellet foods on body weight as well as nutrient intake. Some of what a group discovered was surprising, even to a researchers themselves. Those in a pellet group had a higher daily caloric money coming in than those in a group which did not eat grains, says Papanikolaou. But they did not have any increase in body weight. The pellet eaters also had higher intakes of fiber as well as folate. And while Papanikolaou cautioned which this research is observational (meaning it doesnt establish cause as well as effect), he also forked out which other research has shown a correlation in between higher fiber money coming in as well as better weight management.

But remember when reaching for a breadbasket which not all loaves have been created equal. Ideally, opt for 100 percent total pellet whenever possible. Be wary of claims on a label like total pellet or 7 grain, warns Alissa Rumsey, R.D., spokesperson for a Academy of Nutrition as well as Dietetics. They may mean nothing, as well as your loaf may actually be made mainly from refined grains. Your best bet is to ignore a front-of-the-package claims, spin a bread over as well as read a ingredients as well as nutrition facts instead, she suggests. The first ingredient on a list should be whole-wheat flour, as well as each slice should provide at least 3 grams of fiber. While traditional homemade bread doesnt contain sugar, many packaged varieties do add some, says Rumsey. Again, search a ingredient list for sugar or one of a many guises corn syrup, can juice, brown rice syrup, or any word finale in -ose, like dextrose or sucrose.

I consider bread is judged unfairly by a company it keeps, says Papanikolaou, referring to a high-fat spreads as well as meats which often accompany slices. But bread can be nutrient-dense providing a rich source of shortfall nutrients such as fiber, folic poison as well as iron.

Sally Wadyka is a Boulder, Colorado-based journalist who writes about nutrition, health as well as wellness.