What Good is Bread, Anyway?

What Good is Bread, Anyway?
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I hope this doesn’t trigger some of you.

A lot of us love our bread!

And I don’t blame you.

It tastes good, makes you feel good (for a few seconds at least) and does a great job keeping your hands clean when eating a sandwich.

But other than that?

Recently, I’ve personally taken to my own variations of low-carb diets.

Some days it feels like keto. Other days it feels like carnivore. On some others it’s simply grainless. And on rare occasions I have some grainy treats.

And I feel great!

The best thing I’ve ever done to keep off those few stubborn pounds that seemed to hang around no matter what I did has been to stop eating grains.

Again, this is for me personally. I’m sure those of you who may have been spun into some form of cognitive dissonance have already Googled professional bodybuilders and fitness models who eat lots and lots of grains.

The fingers type fast and furious when we’re angry, don’t they!

Back to the point. Besides keeping your sandwich hands clean, what else are bread/grains good for?

Well, grains make for some great desserts.

Fun, but not healthy.

In some parts of the world it can help prevent starvation.

I’m on board with that.

But what about nutritionally. Anything there?

Not so much if you look into the research.

As someone who studies research published in scientific journals regarding different foods and the myriad diseases they have the potential to prevent or even help treat, I’m usually astounded by how much literature there is.

There is something for almost any common food: apples, berries, broccoli, garlic, you name it.

But wheat? Bread?

Not so much.

You can check this out for yourself. Go to Pubmed, the National Institute of Health’s database of biomedical literature. Type in “bread” or “wheat” and search the top 50 results.

As of this writing? Not a single one that discusses wheat’s or bread’s ability to prevent, treat, or combat any illness of any kind.

Apples, on the other hand, perhaps the most common food in the West, has several in just the top 20. Many other foods have similar research.

Why is this? Is it money? It takes money to fund this kind of research.

Well, there’s not much money funding research into natural compounds as it is, so I’m not sure that’s it.

Besides, does Big Apple have that much more money to throw around than Big Bread?

There’s a fruitless conspiracy for you.

So why is it we don’t see more about bread?

Perhaps bread really is just good for one thing.

Filling us up.

Now, I know that we all have unique genetics and some may be more disposed to eating a grain-free diet than others. This is undoubtedly true and why I emphasize that this is something that works for me, not necessarily thee.

But, given the issues that surround obesity in our society today, doesn’t it at least make some sense to look into a more grain-free lifestyle?

Obesity leads to disease and death more than anything else we know of, so it certainly doesn’t seem like there is much to lose.

Grains are not providing you with much of a nutritional powerhouse anyway.

Maintaining a healthy weight reduces your risk of death from all sorts of causes: heart disease, cancer, you name it.

Risk of diabetes practically goes out the window.

Data even suggests you are more likely to survive COVID if you are not obese! (This data is the least complete, however.)

So, if you are able to consume a diet consisting of more nutrient-dense, potentially healing fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, fish, etc., and if it helps you keep your weight under control, why not check it out and talk to your doctor?

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Here’s to your health!

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