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Healthy Bread Can Complement a Healthy Meal

By Tom Herrin

In recent years, many people have begun to be a little shy about eating bread.  Even though it has long been a staple in most diets, people have discovered that all is not good with bread.  Much of this is due to the fact that people have relied on white bread as a major contributor to their daily meals.  It still is in many fast food restaurants as white bread of some kind still appears in some form in all types of sandwiches.  The processed flour in white bread is known to cause some serious health issues such as colon problems.  For those of us who still want to have bread with meals, there are some healthy options available.  

Rye Bread Offers Some Good Things

Have you ever tried rye bread?  It seems that many people haven't.  It has a unique flavor, but it is pretty healthy.  We stumbled on it accidentally many years ago and enjoyed it with a few choice kinds of lunchmeats.  We found that we particularly liked salami on rye.  It can be low in calories but really low in sugar.  In a study done with mice, when compared to wheat bread, the ones that ate rye bread had lower body weight and lower cholesterol.  In humans, those in a study who ate rye bread at breakfast stayed fuller for longer and less cravings.

Whole Grain Bread Can Be Great

A lot of breads are advertised as having whole grains of some kind.  Most of us have learned to read labels to look for the whole grain as a major ingredient as indicated by appearing early on in the list of ingredients.  There are many good whole grain breads on the market today, and they can be really healthy.  Many whole grain breads are low in calories and have no sugar.  This may be an excellent choice for those who are concerned about keeping tabs on their blood sugar.

Remain a Cautious Consumer

Anytime we purchase prepared products, it is important that we do a quick label check.  If we fail to do this, we can end up buying something that doesn't fit with our plan for healthy meals.  The good news here is that there are all kinds of great tasting, and healthy, breads to choose from.  We simply need to be aware of what we are looking for.  While we may want to skip bread for some meals, we can have the right kind that builds on our overall plan for good health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Diego, Calif.

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