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Choosing Breads Can Affect Your Health

By Tom Herrin

Bread is one of the most common foods around.  It may also be one of the oldest.  Virtually all civilizations seem to have had some kind of bread as part of their daily meals.  We know that usable wheat has been found in the pyramids of Egypt and other places.  Even in times of gluten-free concerns, there are still breads available for everyone.  They are on burgers, sandwiches, and in about every order in meals in most non fast food restaurants I know of.  There are some obvious benefits that are well worth considering.

Carrying On Life Functions

Most people are aware of the things to look for in the healthiest breads. One hundred percent whole grain is number one on the list of things to look for.  It should be listed first on the ingredients.  Whole grains can do things such as improve blood sugar, and keep the digestive system working properly, including helping to prevent colon cancer.  It has been said that the rise of the instances in colon cancer in Americans directly correlates to the production and sales of white bread.  That is of major importance. Also, 100 percent whole grain bread is also believed reduce the incidence of heart disease and keep you feeling fuller longer.  

It’s Not All Wheat

It is also important to note that all 100 percent whole grain bread does not mean 100 percent whole wheat.  There are many other cereal grains that are used in making bread, such as rye, rice, barley, etc.  Even if you are not gluten-free, you still might enjoy the variety of flavors that can be available by eating some of the different kinds of grain breads.  I always liked rye bread with some cold cuts because it just added a different hint to the flavor.  Other kinds of breads are always a fun thing to add to change up a meal.

Some Bread Can Be Like Dessert

When I was a kid, my mother used to buy some of the sweet type of breads.  Raisin bread was pretty popular at our house.  We would eat it just plain or toasted or with a variety of other things.  With raisin bread, we still got some fruit and fiber that was pretty healthy.  There are also breads made with apples, pears, dates, nuts, and I’m sure a lot others I haven’t named here.  If you are willing to look and try something different, there are very likely to be breads out there for you.  All you have to do is decide just how you would like to supplement your nutrition and diet, and there is probably a bread to fit it.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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