Everyone loves bread! Universal and timeless food par excellence, it accompanies all dishes and, for most of us, it is even indispensable to every meal. As the French people who invented the famous baguette (often imitated, never equalled), we will not say otherwise! However, we often hear that bread makes you fat and that you should not consume too much when, in reality, it has many nutritional qualities. Be careful, however, because not all breads, and especially all flours, are equal. Here’s everything you need to know about one of the most consumed foods in the world.
- Bread is a source of nutrients and fiber
Bread is first of all rich in complex carbohydrates, called slow sugars, which allow to have a feeling of satiety and slowly release energy in the body. In addition, it guarantees an intake of minerals, magnesium and potassium, but also vitamins of group B. Finally, especially if it is complete, bread is an important source of fiber that helps in particular in the proper digestion and functioning of the intestinal flora.
- Bread is low in fat
The (good) bread contains little fat in general and therefore remains low in fat. Some special breads can however be richer depending on their content, such as bread with olives, nuts, dried fruits or bacon (yum!).
- Bread does not make you fat
Contrary to popular belief, bread in itself does not make you fat. Like any food, the important thing is not to abuse it and to consume it as part of a healthy and balanced diet. It is important to alternate it with other starchy foods and foods rich in slow sugars, such as pasta or lentils.
- Bread can be eaten every day
Bread can therefore be consumed every day and there is no maximum amount to respect. It all depends on the diet, metabolism and physical activity of the person. A great sportsman can quietly eat half a baguette at breakfast for example.
- Bread can be eaten even in the evening
Bread can be eaten regularly, even in the evening, to accompany a balanced meal and also avoid the risk of night cravings. Again, it’s all about dosage.
- What type of bread to choose?
It is important to know how to choose your bread. If we can avoid the white bread of the supermarket already it is better: it goes according to saying that the artisanal bread is better and healthier. Then, we must give preference to wholemeal bread, which is higher than the qualitative and nutritional level. Country bread for example is excellent because it contains different types of flours and cereals, limiting the amount of gluten: wheat, rye, barley or oats. Another recommendation: take a sourdough bread that is better digested than bread made from conventional yeast. Finally, if there is one type of bread to banish from your shopping list, it is crumb bread: too rich in sugars, fats and even vegetable oil (palm oil type). You are ready for your future visit to the baker!