A great deal of the nutrition discussions online and written about this blog are about protein. The role of protein in building lean muscle mass gets a lot of attention.
So, when an article surfaced that sings the praises of breads it seemed a breath of fresh air to be joyfully fanned and inhaled by all. The author Markham Heid’s piece on Medium.com reminds readers that bread in general, “not just the whole-grain types” should be “considered a major component of Mediterranean-style diets, which have repeatedly been linked to health and longevity”.
He goes on to report that studies which “specifically looked at bread in the context of these diets have found that people who eat the most whole-grain breads - six slices or more a day - are the least likely to be overweight or obese.”
Heid describes scientific evidence regarding the benefits of eating breads and cereals including a discussion about whole grain versus white. One of the highlights is an easy formula that can be employed to determine which whole grain products are the most “healthful”. It almost stands alone as a reason the read the full article. “You’re looking for breads that have a carb-to-fiber ratio lower than 10:1.”
Another article highlight comes at the end. It’s a delicious quote: “To sum it up, there aren’t many compelling reasons to single out bread as one of your dietary nemeses.”
Since this is the weekend, there are no good reasons to be spending time reading blogs online when outdoor fun and work activities can be enjoyed. Breeze through the Heid article now, and perhaps put it aside to savor the details later.
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