From Best to Worst, Which Bread is the Healthiest?
I was in Walmart the other day in the bread section and I saw this older gentleman trying to pick out some “good” bread. He picked up a loaf of bread that was fortified wheat and said to his wife “Oh I think this one is good, it’s wheat.” and put it in his shopping cart. That’s what inspired me to write this blog and go over from Best to Worst which bread if the healthiest?
So, what’s the big deal anyhow about picking bread? Just grab the cheapest loaf off the store shelf and you’re done, right? Wrong.
First of all, like everything we buy we need to be aware of what is in the ingredients.
Ingredients and terms to avoid:
Fortified Bread shouldn’t need fortified (adding vitamins and minerals )if the ingredients are good to start with.
Enriched Same as Fortified
Fructose a form of sugar that is processed.
High Fructose corn syrup (HFCS) Studies show that excess fructose can lead to higher triglycerides, a risk factor for heart disease, and decreased insulin sensitivity, a precursor to diabetes.
Sugar Eating too much sugar can increase triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, both of which increase the risk of heart disease. Overconsuming sugar calories can also lead to weight gain, hormone disruption, and diabetes. Although some breads contain a sweet element (e.g., honey wheat or cinnamon raisin), it’s important to make sure that sugar isn’t providing the bulk of calories in your bread. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend getting no more than 3 to 8 percent of calories from sugar, yet average consumption is 16 percent.
Potassium Bromate (Considered a Cancer causing by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — part of the World Health Organization — whose mission is to prevent cancer through researching the potential for human exposure to carcinogens. Although potassium bromate is on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer, the FDA approves the additive for use. Bromate has essentially been banned worldwide except in the United States and Japan.
Azodicarbonamide(ADA) A possible carcinogenic.
Partially Hydrogenated Oil Eating trans fat increases the “bad” type of cholesterol (small, dense LDL particles) that is damaging to arteries and increases systemic inflammation, which is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2011 Report on Carcinogens, BHA is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” The compound is also listed on California’s list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer.
Caramel Coloring Health concerns related to caramel coloring are due to certain contaminants, which are 2- and 4-methylimidazole (2- or 4-MEI), that may be produced as a result of processing. The U.S. National Toxicology Program found that these chemicals cause cancer in mice, and the World Health Organization considers them “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Because of this California’s Environmental Protection Agency added 4-MEI to its Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer and mandated that foods and beverages containing the chemical (above a specified threshold) carry a warning label.
And Now this list from Best to Worst
Best: 1. Einkorn Wheat from Young Living (to make your own bread) Untouched by hybridization, einkorn has retained its primitive genetic code that contains only 14 chromosomes—a huge difference from the 42 chromosomes contained in modern hybridized wheat. This superior ancient grain also contains less gluten than modern whole wheat and is more abundant in many vitamins and minerals.
- No preservatives
- No artificial flavors or colors
- Non-GMO ingredients
- Stone-ground ancient grain
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2. Ezekiel bread Seed Sprouted bread with the ingredients found in the book of Ezekiel in the Bible.
3. Dave’s Killer Bread
4. Fortified Wheat Bread I call this “fake wheat bread” because there are so many things usually in this type of bread that I wouldn’t even consider it Wheat Bread.
5. White Bread When a grain is refined, as flour is in making flour for white bread, the outermost and innermost layers of the grain are removed. This removes the fiber and some (25 percent) protein, leaving behind the starch. Erratic blood-sugar levels is one of the things that happen to your body when you eat white bread Since it’s low in the fiber and protein that helps to slow digestion, white bread is digested and absorbed rapidly. This leads to blood sugar’s rising quickly. This spike — and subsequent crash —in blood sugar not only leads to irritability but will leave you looking for some snacks for a pick me up. After eating refined carbohydrates like white bread, the surplus of sugar in your bloodstream — unless immediately utilized for activity — tends to be stored as fat in the body.
Things to look for when buying bread:
“100 percent organic” on the label: This assures that every ingredient in the product is organic and not genetically modified.
“100% whole wheat”
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