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All Bread Is Not Equally Healthy

By Tom Herrin

As we have learned more about nutrition, and how it affects our bodies, many of us have become more enlightened.  One of the types of food that may have moved from the list of must-haves to the list of not-so-fast is bread.  At one time it seemed that it was truly considered the staff of life.  It was a major member of many diets around the world.  As things changed in the way bread is made, some health concerns have arisen.  Early in the twentieth century, a significant increase in the incidence of colon cancer appeared to coincide with the presence of bread made from highly processed flour.  The relationship has concerned many to the extent that lots of people have shied away from consuming much bread.  Today there are some healthy breads available that are worth trying.

Whole Grain Bread May Be Packed 

If you are concerned with bread that has a sufficient amount of fiber, whole grain bread may be the thing for you.  While many of us use 100 percent whole wheat bread, there are some instances in which nutrients still fall a little short.  Whole grain bread is not limited to wheat alone but may have other grains.  They often have an abundance of nutrients and may be a better choice for those who may have sensitivity to wheat.  Good news for those who may be diabetic is that they have no sugar, so it can fit well with their dietary needs.

Gluten Free May Require Careful Thought

As was mentioned about sensitivity to wheat, many people are concerned about foods with gluten, which can include wheat, rye, and barley.  As a result, they may be choosing products that are labeled as gluten free.  This may also mean that they are largely nutrient free, or almost.  In breads, they contain much less protein along with fewer vitamins.  Choosing them should be done with careful thought.  It may be what you want, but read those labels for sure.

Don't Forget About Flavor

We eat food to provide for our basic needs.  We continue to use a product because we are motivated by how good it tastes.  This is the natural process.  Be sure to try some of those different healthy breads to decide which fits your individual desires.  If it really doesn't taste good to you, move on to some other kind.  They do not all taste the same, and you will find something you really enjoy.  When you do, if it meets your nutritional needs, make it a part of your diet.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.

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