Are you eating bread that is healthy for you?

Are you eating bread that is healthy for you?

  • Bread has been the subject of many health discussions and concerns.
  • It contains gluten and  has created health issues for many.
  • The resulting high-gluten, refined grain diet most of us have eaten since infancy has created health problems in the gut, the bloodstream, the brain, and sometimes also the joints, cardiovascular system and endocrine system,” states Dr. Joseph Mercola, a leading physician and health expert.
  • The growing concern is that a large portion of the wheat grown in the United States is also genetically modified (GM), which has shown detrimental health effects.
  • The American diet contains an excess amount of bread and grains, which is another reason why it is getting so much negative attention.
  • Bagels, toast, sandwiches, rolls are just a few of the food products that Americans may be consuming every day.
  • In addition, many of the bread products available on the market are unhealthy and contain chemicals that don’t belong in our food. “Flour can be treated with any of the 60 different chemicals approved by the FDA before it ends up on store shelves – including chemical bleach,” shares Vani Hari, also known as the Food Babe.  
  • There are only four key ingredients needed to make bread: flour water, salt, and of course yeast. If there are other ingredients on the label that you can’t pronounce, then they are most likely unhealthy.
  • 5 unhealthy bread ingredients to avoid
  • 1.    Added sugar:
  • A little bit of organic honey in bread to bring out flavor is fine, but many bread products are packed with sugar from genetically modified sugar beets.
  • Most of the time bread also contains high fructose corn syrup.
  • High fructose corn syrup is always found in very poor-quality foods that are nutritionally vacuous and filled with all sorts of other disease promoting compounds, fats, salt, chemicals, and even mercury,” states Dr. Mark Hyman, a leading physician in America.
  • 2.  Artificial flavors and coloring:
  • Many breads are filled with artificial flavors, dyes. They are very easy to spot because they are required by the FDA to be labeled. One common coloring is “caramel coloring” which is named to be disguised as a real food, but it is not.
  • Most caramel coloring is made by heating toxic chemicals such as ammonia.
  • 3.Dough conditioners:
  • These ingredients are not necessary in bread and are simply used to make bread faster and in a cheaper way. “Many dough conditioners like azodicarbonamide (which is banned all over the world), DATEM, monoglycerides, diglycerides, sodium stearoyl lactylate are linked to health issues,” the Food Babe explains, “many dough conditioners start with manipulating fat – like soybean oil or corn oil, which is also most likely GMO.”
  • 4.GMOs:
  • Most breads on the market today contain GMO’s such as soy lecithin, soybean oil, cornstarch, soy flour, and corn oil.
  • GMO’s contain toxic pesticides because of the way they are grown and should be avoided.
  • 5.Preservatives:
  • Ingredients like calcium propionate are used to keep bread from expiring. Calcium propionate   was linked to behavioral problems in a study published by the. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.
  • Let’s take a look at a list of bread products that contain these unhealthy ingredients.
  1. Sara Lee 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  2. Martin’s Potato Rolls
  3. Pepperidge Farm 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  4. Thomas 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins
  5. Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Wheat Bread
  6. Arnold Bakery Light 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • TIP:
  • Breads with sprouts, gluten-free breads, and breads with ancient grains like spelt are healthier options when consumed in moderation.
  • Here is a list of healthier bread options, as outlined by Food Babe:
  • Sprouted Grain Breads:
  • Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread – Food for Life (all varieties – 7 grains, sesame, genesis, flax, cinnamon raisin, tortillas, muffins)
  • Sunseed Bread – Manna
  • Banana Walnut Hemp Bread – Manna
  • Sprouted Multi-Grain Bread – Rudi’s (contains added sugar)
  • Sprouted Wheat Bread – Dave’s Killer Bread (contains added sugar)
  • Sprouted Wheat Multi-Grain Bread – Alvarado St. Bakery (contains added sugar)
  • Gluten-Free Breads
  • Buckwheat Bread – Happy Camper’s (contains added sugar)
  • Gluten-Free Rice Almond Bread – Food for Life (contains added sugar)
  • Gluten-Free Exotic Black Rice Bread – Food for Life (contains added sugar)
  • Gluten-Free Super Chia Bread – Nature’s Path (contains added sugar)
  • Good Morning Millet Toaster Cakes – Ancient Grains Bakery (contains added sugar)
  • Gluten-Free Deli Rye Style Bread – Canyon Bakehouse (contains added sugar)
  • Ancient Grain Breads
  • Gluten-Free Ancient Grains Bread – Manna (contains added sugar)
  • Spelt Ancient Grain Bread – Rudi’s (contains added sugar)
  • Good Seed Spelt Bread – Dave’s Killer Bread (contains added sugar)
  • Note: The content on our website is for educational purposes only. Please consult your health practitioner or a qualified expert.
  • Gluten the hidden danger.
  • What you need to know about GMOs.
  • A list of GMO-free food companies.
  • For the dangers of high fructose corn syrup.
  • Sprouts: The live food nutritional powerhouse.
  • 1. Hari, Vani. “Before You Ever Buy Bread Again…Read This! (And Find The Healthiest Bread On The Market).” Food Babe. Food Babe, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2014.
  • 2. Mercola, Joseph, DO. “Break The Bread Trap.”, 05 Dec. 2006. Web. 22 Mar. 2014.
  • 3. Hyman, Mark, MD. “5 Reasons High Fructose Corn Syrup Will Kill You.” Dr Mark Hyman. Dr Mark Hyman, 04 May 2013. Web. 21 Mar. 2014.
  • 4. “Controlled Trial of Cumulative Behavioural Effects of a Common Bread Preservative.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, Aug. 2002. Web. 22 Mar. 2014.


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