Eat This: Bread

What’s your best daily (wheat) bread?

Now, I don’t generally eat bread, and most of the time not bread that contains wheat. It makes me bloated, gassy and tired. I figured that out a long time ago and my diet has evolved to excluding most bread. When I do have bread, I choose well.

Bread is such a well-loved and consumed food. Very often, I find that I’m asking clients to take a bit of a break to let their bodies exhale from eating so much of one food. It shows them what could possibly be affecting their joint pain, gassiness, constipation or IBS, bloating or fluid retention and even PMS.

Here’s a list of what I’d like to see on the label of your bread:

  • Look for high fibre – aim for above 3g per 35 gram slice.
  • No more than 1g of sugar, or none at all. Read the ingredient list. Some sugar on the label comes from grains.
  • At least 3g protein.
  • Whole grain is best, and breads containing seeds and sourdough are ideal.

Wheat contains phytic acid which binds with minerals, like calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. The sourdough process makes it easier to digest your slice, takes longer to digest, keeps you fuller for longer and helps promote the good bacteria in your gut. Studies have shown that rye flour added to sourdough can help regulate blood sugar levels, which helps ward off diabetes. Sourdough is also a prebiotic, which helps to support the gut microbiome.

While we generally eat way too much bread as a nation, making great choices is easier when you know how!

Listen to my segment on NewsTalk1010 radio with Jerry Agar to hear more! 


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