Most bread for sale in the supermarket will cause you to GAIN weight. If fact, it may even be killing you.
Here’s how to shop for the healthiest bread for weight loss benefits.
The Healthiest Bread for Losing Weight – Introduction
Bread that is made form processed grains does not even contain the nutrition needed to digest itself.
This not only causes weight gain, but it causes “ugly” weight gain as the nutrients that regulate fat placement on your body are also mostly absent. It’s like taking a “negative vitamin”. #pearshape.
This industrialized form of food is noted for being one of the main causes of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. These are the number 1, number 2, and number 7 causes of death in most of the world.
The biggest trap in the supermarket is that the term “enriched wheat flour” and “unbleached wheat flour” sounds like it should be healthy.
It’s a trick.
They push this on you so they can profit as a food-selling corporation and no other reason.
Educate yourself and select healthy breads. Healthy calories are of prime importance to health and weight loss and eating healthy breads is a massive step in the right direction.
Processed wheat and white bread – Why is it so unhealthy and why does it prevent weight loss?
In the early 1900s, food started to become industrialized. Big corporations set out to make massive profits (as much as possible) and they did it by modifying the food. This was done to decrease costs, make the food seem more appealing, make eating the food more addicting, and drastically increased its shelf life. Yay.
They stripped down the grains and added massive amounts of (processed) sugar. They added chemicals to keep the bread soft, to maintain it’s appearance, and to make it taste fresh even months after it was manufactured.
To make the bread look white, fresh, and appealing, they even added bleaching agents made of benzoyl peroxide, calcium peroxide, nitrogen dioxide, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, and Azodicarbonamide (whatever the heck that is).
The FDA came along (even way back then) and said “hey – you can’t even call this crap “wheat” anymore – it lacks the nutrition that wheat has”. It’s basically cardboard with sugar (the sugar is also made of industrialized junk) with a bunch of chemicals in it” (OMG – yuck!).
So what did the corporations do?
The answer was simple. The corporations changed their minds about making big profits and went back to producing healthy breads.
Just kidding, LOL.
The actual answer they came up with was for them to spray the processed flour with MORE chemicals that contain cheap and pretty much useless vitamins that mocked real bread. A little. Sort of.
They were now allowed to call this product “enriched” bread.
When you see this on the label, that’s what it means.
When you see the term “unbleached wheat flour, that means they took out the chlorine, etc, but it’s still pretty much a lump of crappy badness.
So when you see these terms on the ingredients list, drop the loaf and run. It’s poison and it’s killing us. It is also making us fat.
Can it get worse? – of course it can.
Unfortunately, corporations have come a long way (in the wrong direction) since the turn of the 20th century.
Modern commercialized amino acids like L-Cysteine have been completely industrialized and are often imported from China. This processed shelf-life enhancer is often made form human hair gathered from the floors of their barber shops or from duck feathers or cow horns. Eew.
The bread in fast food chains and popular donut shops (think of the big ones) are notoriously loaded with these additives.
Breads from these sources (and most grocery stores) are also loaded with high fructose corn syrup. This product has been reported to contain compounds that promote cancer and other deadly diseases. Plus it has zero nutrition, is loaded with chemicals, is genetically modified, contains unhealthy fats and salts, and even has traces of mercury within.
It’s certainly not going to help us lose weight, look good, or feel good; and it might be killing us.
Why whole grain bread is SO much better for healthy weight loss
It’s true for so many reasons, but I won’t bore you (I know, too late). It’s really all about nutrition.
Nutrition is what makes your body run and heal itself. It helps you to burn fat properly and it curbs your appetite. It gives your immune system the things it needs to fight off heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Did you know that these causes of death started to be come epidemics at the same time that food started to become processed and industrialized?
“Spray on more chemicals and now you can call it wheat?” You’re killing me. Literally.
Eat your bread the way that the universe intended, not early 20th-century Wall Street, oh my goodness. What a joke.
Is bread good for weight loss in everyone?
No, perhaps it is not. Some people are sensitized to wheat or have adverse reactions to wheat. For most, this may be a result of the industrialization of our foods. In general, grains for health and weight loss like brown rice and whole oats may be a better choice.
For the rare few who actually have Celiac disease, wheat is unhealthy and even dangerous. For these people, the small intestine may be damaged – even by whole wheat.
So quit wheat to be sure? Not so fast.
The big problem here is that wheat is extremely common in small traces in so many different foods. A dieter might think that these traces do not matter, but if you truly have Celiac Disease, then even these tiny amounts can be very damaging.
For those that do not have this problem, however, eliminating wheat severely limits your food options when it comes to eating healthy and losing weight. It’s just not viable.
I think perhaps too many people jump on the “I have Celiac” band wagon too quickly – but that’s just my opinion. I don’t really know.
My suggestion, at the very least, would be to try only the whole gain versions of wheat (unless you really have Celiac disease, of course). Most people should not have a problem with wheat if they are strict about the qualify and ingredients of the breads they choose to consume.
If you are doing everything correctly in your diet plan and still not losing weight, at that point you may consider eliminating wheat from your diet altogether to see if that helps. It just might, I’ll admit.
So what bread should we buy when we shop?
The next rule when shopping for bread is to look for “less” ingredients. The less, the better.
If you are really want to take your weight loss and health to the next level, try to find organic wheat that was not genetically modified.
Note that just because it is in Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s does not mean it’s whole grain. YOU have to be the one who is carefully reading the label. There are, however, food producers out there who are very aware of all of these things, and they actually make healthy bread in an ethical fashion. Look for those products. You can tell by the ingredients.
Healthy bread does not have to be that expensive. One trick at Costco is to look for the green price labels. I was late to the green label party – my wife had to show me that. She loves to tell me “see, I told you so”. Anyway, that green label at Costco means organic. From, there you can read the ingredients and see how it holds up.
One last tip. Rye bread, specifically, is known for its blood sugar balancing and appetite suppressing qualities. Whole grain rye bread (consumed in reasonable moderation, of course) will likely help you with your weight loss and diet plan.
Do you have anything to share about your experienced with bread – industrialized or natural? Please leave a comment.
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