Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Bread Your Health And Loosing Weight

Bread is a part of almost everyone's life, you have white, whole wheat, and whole grain breads. But do you ever stop to think which one is best for your overall health and waistline?

What Kind Of Bread Do You Eat ?

The grains that make up the typical diet are highly refined. Refined grains have both the bran and germ removed from the grain in the milling process stripping them of there natural healthy components.

Whole Grains

Whole grains haven't had their bran and germ removed by milling, making them better sources of vitamins B, E, iron, selenium, and fiber. A high fiber diet also tends to make a meal feel more filling, so you stay full for a greater amount of time.

A diet consisting only of whole grains is the best defense against diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. The fiber in whole grain foods escorts carcinogens and other toxins out of your body

Whole grains are:

Whole wheat bread
Brown rice

Refined Grains:

Refined grains have both the bran and germ removed from the grain. Although vitamins and minerals are added back into refined grains after the milling process, they still don't have as many nutrients as whole grains do, and they only provide a small amount of fiber.

It has been proven a diet consisting of refined grains has little to no nutritional value, and has been shown to be related to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease

Refined grains are:

White bread - refined
White rice
Corn flakes
Enriched spaghetti

Rice, bread, cereal, flour, and pasta are all grains products. Eat whole grain rather than refined grains when ever possible.

When flour is refined it loses the most nutritious parts of the grain, the fiber, essential fatty acids, and most of the vitamins and minerals. About 30 nutrients are removed in the refining process, but under the current law only 5 must added back.

What To Look For When Buying Bread:

Look for whole grain, or whole wheat as the first ingredient on the label. Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight, why would you want to buy a loaf of bread consisting mainly of white flour?

If any other ingredient is listed first, you are not getting whole grain, or whole wheat.

Words To Look Out For:

100 % Wheat, Stone Ground, Multi grain, Refined

Also know that not all brown colored breads are made from whole grains. Don’t rely on the name or appearance of the product. Bread may be brown because it contains molasses, brown sugar, or food coloring.

The best bread to buy is 100 % organic it cost more, but what is your future health worth?

Always read food labels carefully when shopping!

Want To Know More? see - Why You Must Eat Fiber For Good Health

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