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by Pierre S Aoukar, MD and Hratch L. Karamanoukian, MD
Posted: March 1

Many people have the common misunderstanding that bread makes you fat. Too much of the wrong kind of bread, true, will contribute to your waist size, but if you choose your breads wisely, they will benefit your health. First of all, you should never again eat that white fluffy bread that can be squished into a ball and eaten as one slice per bite. This kind of bread is loaded with fat and simple sugars, contains no fiber and provides little nutritional value. Whole grain breads are the best for you. They are high in fiber, loaded with nutrients and complex carbohydrates, usually for the same amount of calories as white bread, so you get more bang for your buck. Complex carbohydrates should constitute at least 60% of your daily calories—as opposed to simple carbohydrates—such as sugar and honey—which are best eaten in small amounts. If you must have white bread, choose those which are made with unbleached flour and contain no fats in the ingredients. If you want fat on your bread you can add it yourself. We’ll get to that a little later in the book. For now, white breads that are excellent alternatives to the traditional American white include Pita, French (not croissants) and hard-crusted Italian breads. When you have the choice, opt for the whole-wheat, multi-grain breads. Not only are they bursting with flavor, fiber and vitamins good for your heart, you don’t have to eat as much to be full.

Bread, Excerpt from the book: Everything Good For The Heart: The A to Z Guide, Aoukar PS and Karamanoukian HL. Magalhaes Scientific Press


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