White Bread- your weight loss enemy

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The title says it all- white bread is not on your side in the war against fat, health, diabetes. If anything it promote fat storage, and diabetic tendencies. Read on to find out.

White bread is made from refined wheat flour (maida) which gives it a high content of simple carbohydrates. Then, it contains added sugar to improve flavour, further increasing the simple carbohydrate content. To top it, many people add a layer of sugar laden jam to their white bread- completely loading their snack with simple carbohydrates. These simple carbohydrates (carbs with high GI- read more here) promote fat storage in the body. There are also theories that also link consumption of excess sugar to suppression of the immune system.

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So, you should really watch your white bread consumption. People with high blood sugar (diabetes) or those trying to get in shape, you should completely avoid white bread. Due to the high glycemic index of white bread, the glucose level in your blood spikes, that leads to fat storage and an increase in the production of insulin to compensate.

Wheat bread is a great alternative to white bread- it provides you with long lasting energy from the complex carbohydrates, more soluble fiber which helps to cleanse your arteries of the plaque choking them and does not promote fat storage in the body. So, give wheat bread a shot!

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  • Sheetal

    I have been trying to avoid the white bread completely without much luck. Somehow, the wheat bread seems more sweet. Can you recommend a good brand? I have tried Britannia and some local brand, don’t like either of it.

    Nice fitness blog. I have been reading lot of blogs at blogadda.com and didn’t find this! Never knew there is online diet counseling as well.

  • http://fitho.in Fitho

    I don’t remember the exact brand- I think its Stone Hearth bread. The ingredients seem solid. There is also a dalia based bread available in the market.
    For real artisan type brown bread, you should try a good local bakery. In the metros, you should be able to find something easily.

    Thanks for the compliment, Sheetal :)

  • http://dreamfit.blogspot.com kiran

    Along with white bread, all maida products are enemies of weight loss- pizza, burger, etc.

    There are some very good breads available- all grain bread, wheat, wheat and oat, bran, etc in good bakeries like modern bazar, vasant vihar or breads and more in GK-1. Britannia wheat bread is not so good. I doubt they just add color to white bread.

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