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The Eternal Debate Of White Or Brown Bread

By Edited Jul 24, 2016 0 0

This has to be one of the hardest transitions for an individual to make when beginning a nutritional plan geared towards weight loss. And it gets even better, the longer that you have been eating white bread, the harder it is going to be for you to fully adjust to eating brown bread. However, the fact of the matter remains that if you are serious about losing weight through nutrition, you should absolutely be serious about only eating brown bread! It should also be noted that when I refer to brown bread, I am referring not to bread that solely looks brown, but bread that is created from 100% whole grains.

I grew up in a typical Italian household in which, when it came time for dinner, healthy nutrition wasn't our number 1 priority; it was still a thought, but definitely not on the top of the list. Because of this, I didn't even know that brown bread existed until I was about 15 years old. Furthermore, I didn't think it was crucial for weigh loss until I came across a television documentary on it. By the end of the show I had nearly never touched another slice of white bread ever again!

For this one topic of White .vs. Brown bread I will instruct you to avoid focusing on the actual caloric differences of the two types of breads, and ask you to focus on the factors beyond the numbers: the ingredients behind the bread and what they do for you. If you look at the caloric chart on both types of these breads you will notice that they are pretty much the same, and that the difference in numbers is not significant enough to make a noticeable difference. However, when looking past the numbers to the amount of fiber, and presence of complex carbohydrates you will understand that brown is the better option.

Fiber is half of the battle in the debate between white and brown bread. When glancing at the contents of both types of bread you will notice that brown bread has much more fiber than white bread; now you ask: why does fiber make that much of a difference? Fiber has chemicals in it that send signals to your brain through your central nervous system telling it that you are full. These same chemicals also allow your stomach to digest food at a slower pace, which allows you to feel full for a longer period of time.

The presence of complex or "good" carbohydrates is the other half of the battle in this debate. There is no way of telling what types of carbohydrates (simple or complex) are in a food product other than actually researching the ingredient. When looking up any carbohydrate ingredient in brown bread you will find that it is a complex carbohydrate; doing the same thing with the ingredients in white bread will yield the results of simple carbohydrates. The digestive system takes much longer to digest complex carbohydrates, which translates to feeling full for a much longer period of time.

The combination of fiber and complex carbohydrates in brown bread make it the optimal choice for anybody following a nutritional weight loss plan. Simply put, 100% whole grain bread makes it much easier for an individual to lose weight through nutrition...wouldn't you want an easier way to get the same result?



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