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Five Reasons To Limit Bread In Your Diet

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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:

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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!!!

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Bread Ingredients

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

5. CONTAINS SUGAR– Which raises insulin levels. Per   author of Is Bread Bad For Your Health?

“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.

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Author: @fitone

Health and Fitness Expert, Certified Les Mills instructor, Yoga, Boot Camp, weight training and Pilates instructor

9 thoughts on “Five Reasons To Limit Bread In Your Diet

  1. Bread is such a weakness and it’s just everywhere and with everything. I think it should be illegal to serve it at restaurants while you wait for your meal.

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  2. I try to stay away from bread – for some of the reasons above, but mostly because the amount of processing.

    I think less processed bread is a fine thing to eat, but it’s tricky to find. Trader Joes has a nice rye bread with only 4 ingredients that I like.

    I’m thinking about experimenting w/ making my own sour dough. I’ll see how that affects my fitness goals.

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  3. I love to treat myself to an Ezekiel grilled cheese: low fat cheese, “grilled” in the toaster, salsa, and a side salad. Yum! Great post. Bread is a weakness. I will try some of the other bread options you suggested.

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