“Are we allowed to eat bread?”
While we joke, it is a common question when it comes to carbs and health. Can I eat bread? Is bread healthy?
And the answer is, it depends.
What Is In Your Bread?
If you have conditions like celiac, IBS or are gluten intolerant, we know that you need bread without gluten and sometimes even yeast can be an issue. But even if you don’t have those conditions, it is critical to understand what is in bread.
Bread does not have as many nutrients as many other fresh foods. However, most people can enjoy healthy bread in moderation.
What do I mean by healthy bread?
What Types Of Bread Are Healthy?
For starters (no pun intended), the healthiest breads are made with whole grains. Whole grains are higher in nutrients and fiber. This helps us with digestion.
Some grains have been proven to reduce the risk of some chronic conditions.
Bread is not the silver bullet, and you should not go crazy on it, but whole grains can be healthy.
Read Your Ingredients
As with all packaged foods, read your bread ingredients carefully. When it comes to bread and diabetes health, it’s potentially even more important to be aware of what you’re eating.
If you don’t know what an ingredient means or the list of ingredients is endless, put that item down. The fewer the ingredients, the better.
You’ll see a lot of “sugar-free” breads or “protein” breads. Read the label. It’s still a grain, and still a carb that could increase your blood sugar. All the more reason to make your own bread.
If you want to include bread in your diet, eat it in moderation. Maybe not every day. Maybe only on a special occasion. Or, find a bread that suits your diet and lifestyle, and eat a small amount daily as part of a balanced diet.
Bread and Diabetes Health: What Works For You?
If you don’t want to eat bread, that is ok too. The beauty is that the choice is yours. You are in charge here.
Personalized Health Guidance for Diabetes
Keeping your health on track with diabetes can be confusing. Simple online searches like “can I eat bread if I have diabetes?” will return a plethora of conflicting answers, because the truth is that health advice is different for every individual.
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