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Question Is bread bad for you? Like forreal?

Nov 19, 2019
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Had a bunch of conversations with low-carb people.. After mostly getting lectured about the evils of carbs, I need to know...what is it exactly that makes bread so bad for you? Is it all just panic-mode coming from a new diet craze?
 

Rachael

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Nov 22, 2019
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Most nutritionist I've spoken with stress that moderation is key to a healthy diet. In other words, you don't want to eat too much of any one thing. I'm not a nutritionist, but I would say that if you are eating bread, you should eat it in moderation and choose whole-grain bread as whole grains have been linked with health benefits.

The body breaks down carbohydrates into sugar (glucose), which raises blood sugar levels. Bigger spikes in blood sugar occur after eating refined grains, such as white bread. This may be where some of the concern around bread comes from.

I'm reminded of a study I wrote about last year, which found that both high-carb and low-carb diets were linked with an increased risk of death during the study period, compared with a moderate-carb diet. This again goes back to the idea of eating a balanced diet: https://www.livescience.com/63359-moderate-carb-diet-longevity.html
 
Nov 26, 2019
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Proteins and Carbohydrates are essential along with micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals).
Depending on muscle mass in a given body there is a maximum protein intake (average 70g) from food sources that the body uses, anything over that threshold is excreted daily.
Carbohydrates are the energy foods that convert to sugars to fuel our daily energy consumption. The balance of energy used up on a daily basis or even weekly basis should tally up with the consumption of calories provided in Carbohydrates, as sugars once converted can be stored by the body for future needs. Getting a balance of Carbohydrates is essential for maximum performance from the body, so the more energy you use the more carbs you need to intake, but not more protein, unless you want to lose weight and like eating, then substitute carbs for protein, as the protein will be wasted and excreted without being used.
Listen to your body there are in built signals that humanity have seemed to have lost touch with, when your full your body tells you. If you don't like the taste of something don't eat it as it's your body saying it's not good for you!
A varied diet is the best possible way to get all the nutrients the body needs but moderation is also key, with as much movement and exercise you can do as often as possible. Balance creates good health.
 
Nov 28, 2019
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Proteins and Carbohydrates are essential along with micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals).
Carbohydrates are not essential. The body can manufacture any carb it requires. Only proteins and fats are required. No, carbs are not essential for maximum performance and are a very weak form of energy as fats are far better than carbs as an energy source (fats have 9 calories/gram, carbs 4c/gm).. No, the more energy you use the more fats and proteins you should eat as fat (as mentioned) should be the primary source of energy and proteins allow the body repair itself. The only good carbs are the complex carbs found in vegetables and starches such as coloured root vegies such as sweet potatoes/yams/etc.
 
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Nov 28, 2019
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Had a bunch of conversations with low-carb people.. After mostly getting lectured about the evils of carbs, I need to know...what is it exactly that makes bread so bad for you? Is it all just panic-mode coming from a new diet craze?
Breads are very bad for you and you should limit them or preferably not eat them. They are instantly metabolised into glucose, cause inflammation in the body (Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gluten sensitivities, among a host of issues). Inflammation from breads is the worst since many serious ailments (heart disaease, etc) are a direct result of inflammation.
Also, bread has been genetically modified countless times with the modifications solely based on shorter growing, insect prevention, more yield, etc. Not a single genetic modification has been done to increase nutrient. The original wheat had 14 chromosomes. Today's wheat has 42. It is a monstrosity created by science to feed as many people as possible.
To get the complete picture, read 'Wheat Belly' by Davis. You won't eat another slice. https://www.amazon.com/Wheat-Belly-Lose-Weight-Health/dp/1609614798
 

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