As more people turn to gluten-free, high-protein, no-carb diets to lose weight, bread is getting kicked to the curb—and in some cases, downright demonized. While most commercial breads should be avoided, what people seem to be forgetting is that real bread has been a staple in humans’ diets since before Biblical times, and with good reason! The right kinds of bread can be part of a sound weight loss strategy and a healthy, nutritious dietary plan.
Bread is made from different kinds of grains, and the average adult needs about six (6) servings of grains, mostly whole grains, every day. People get in trouble with bread when they consume too many refined grains, like white bread, crackers and pretzels. In fact, research suggests that the more refined grains you eat, the more you want.
You’ve probably heard about the growing concern over refined flours, which is the main ingredient in the majority of mass-produced loaves. Refined grains lose much of their nutritional value in the refining process. They end up as empty calories in your diet. House of Bread is dedicated to serving wholesome bread, baked daily with high-quality grains and NO refined flours. We know you will enjoy your food even more when are confident that it is good for you.
It’s important that you stick to whole grains rather than refined. Whole grains have an abundance of vitamins and minerals plus protein and fiber. In addition to being high in complex carbohydrates, they’re also low in saturated fats. Complex carbohydrates, like whole-grain bread, are burned more slowly by the body, take longer to digest and don’t raise blood sugar levels as quickly as simple carbs (like refined white flour); they also leave people feeling full longer than simple carbs.
According to a study published in 2011 in Nutrición Hospitalaria, subjects who included bread in reduced-calorie diets experienced greater satiation after meals than study participants who consumed rice or pasta instead of bread. So, let’s look at this: Whole grains are low in calories, high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and leave you feeling full longer. Why do so many people think that the road to obesity is paved with bread?
If you’re trying to lose weight, you definitely don’t have to pinch your nose when you walk by a bakery—especially if it’s House of Bread. You simply have to make wise choices that include whole grain breads and keep a balance in your diet. Bread is one of the most nutritious ways to get your calories every day, and the 60 to 80 calories you’ll consume in an average slice of whole-wheat bread will keep you fueled and leave you feeling sated longer. A healthy meal, complete with a serving of bread will help you kiss those sugar crashes and afternoon vending machine runs goodbye, and you won’t have to give up one of the oldest and greatest food joys of all time.