Bread is an ancient staple in man’s diet. It used to be a simple food that provides energy for our daily needs.
But the bread today is very different from that of the past. The type of wheat, the yeast, and the ingredients used in the modern bread are no longer the same as the traditional bread.
The companies that mass-produce sliced bread are allowed to put dozens of chemicals, additives, and other unnecessary things into their products. Some of these are strongly linked to health issues, yet are still approved by the FDA for use in our food.
That is why it’s vital that you understand which bread to watch out for. We have done a lot of research on bread, what are the ingredients used, and why you should avoid.
Whole grains are made of three layers. The outermost layer has the most fiber, the middle layer has the most nutrients, and the inner layer is mostly starch. White bread is made up only of the inner layer of the grains, and so it lacks the fiber and nutrients that whole grain breads contain.
The grain, stripped of its two outer layers, is then put through a high-speed mill in order to grind it up. These mills produce a lot of heat, which depletes even more nutrients from the already processed grains.
Once the grain is ground into flour, it is bleached. One common chemical used to bleach white flour is chlorine oxide. Chlorine oxide is a powerful irritant that is dangerous to inhale, and yet it is used to make food.
You’ll see below that bread is filled with many other chemicals, some of which are obviously dangerous. Regardless, of all bread types, white bread is the worst of them all.
Next, let’s take a look at the different ingredients in bread that you should look out for.
Other ingredients to watch out for – Datem, sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium peroxide, mono and diglycerides.
Clearly, reading the ingredients label is important when buying bread. Some of the above items are completely unnecessary, such as yellow food coloring and caramel coloring. However, others serve valid purposes in keeping the bread “fresh” for long periods of time.
Traditional bread is baked and then eaten within a few days, so preservatives are not necessary. Store-bought bread has to stay good long enough to get from the facility where it’s made to the stores where it’s being sold, then sit there long enough to be purchased.
This is not an ideal way to buy bread because of the chemicals that are added to make this process possible. The best alternative is making your own bread, but if you aren’t willing to do that, then there are some store-bought types and brands that aren’t so bad.
Always check the ingredients label before buying bread, and try to go for 100% natural and organic whenever possible. Sprouted grains bread seems to be considered the best type among health-conscious consumers. Flaxseed, rye, and oat breads are also all healthy alternatives to wheat bread. Whole wheat and whole grain breads can be healthy as long as you make sure that they aren’t loaded with artificial chemicals and additives.
However, avoid white bread at all costs. White bread is so processed that it hardly contains any nutrients, and it is made with bleached white flour. The above healthy bread brands may seem pricey if you’re used to cheap white or wheat bread. If you can’t afford to buy high-quality bread, then you should look into making your own. It can be surprisingly cheap to create your own bread, and you’ll know it’s truly good for you.
If bread is causing digestive-related issues such as bloating, gas and indigestion, you might be suffering from wheat intolerance. Go to the next page and watch the 3 eating strategies to reduce these digestive-related issues –
About the Author:
Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice.
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