I’ll be the first one to say, I LOVE BREAD! It’s filling and tastes good. And to make matters worse, you have to get mighty creative making sandwiches and burgers without bread -(think… lettuce leaves or cheese slices) Trust me, it’s just not the same.
Let’s face it; bread is simply not that nutritious and can really hamper weight loss efforts. CHECK THIS OUT:
AND that leads me to my NUMBER ONE reason to limit bread in your diet...
1. INGREDIENTS -Have you looked at the ingredients in most bread products?
TAKE A LOOK: Wheat Gluten, Soybean Oil, Sugar, Soy Lecithin….YUCK!!!
Also it can make it difficult to lose weight because it is….
2. HIGH IN CALORIES – Most breads average 70 to 100 calories per slice. Two slices on a sandwich can add up to 200 calories or more to your meal.
And for those of you with high cholesterol…..
3. BREAD MAY ELEVATE BAD CHOLESTEROL Per Authority Nutrition “Eating wheat may raise small, dense LDL cholesterol by 60%. This type of cholesterol is strongly associated with heart disease”
If you have issues with gluten..…
4. CONTAINS GLUTEN– Which may cause issues if you have a gluten sensitivity which can cause symptoms such as brain fog, depression, ADHD-like behavior, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. It should be avoided with gluten intolerance and Celiac disease
“Most breads are made of pulverized wheat. They are easily digested and rapidly spike blood sugar and insulin levels, which can lead to the notorious blood sugar “roller coaster” and stimulate overeating.”
However, If like me, you decide you don’t want to live your life without bread, here are some better options: Consider organic, sprouted Ezekiel and Rudi’s bread. Ezekiel is more expensive, and tends to be higher in calories than many of the unhealthy, store bought brands, but I’ve grown to love the taste. It’s a healthier alternative and has led me to significantly cut down on bread consumption. I usually use just one slice for open face sandwiches and burgers which equals fewer calories and less bread.