For some researchers, the inclusion of common, everyday and high-value foods in the food culture of our environment, such as bread, helps to meet nutritional guidelines more easily and for longer periods of time.
In fact, there are studies that show that a diet rich in this food (especially if it is whole) can even favor the reduction of weight and waist circumference or simply have no influence on weight. It has been found that if the recommended amount is respected, the bread does not get fat.
But there are people who the first thing they do if they are on a diet is to stop eating it and it is a big mistake. Bread provides mostly carbohydrates that, when digested, are transformed into glucose, the best fuel for muscles, the brain.
The recommendation is that in a diet of about 2,000 kcal, at least 1,100 kcal should be provided by carbohydrates. And, as this nutrient is the majority component of bread, if its consumption is reduced, the diet can be unbalanced.
The first natural food, bread is a staple of our diet, since it is a source of:
- Carbohydrates They are the main source of energy for the body; in particular, of the brain and nervous system. Carbohydrates also contribute to the maintenance of muscle activity and influence body temperature, blood pressure and the proper functioning of the intestine.
- Fiber. It is mainly contained in whole wheat bread. It has been shown that there is an important relationship between fiber consumption and a lower prevalence of high cholesterol and diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular type and even cancer.
- Vitamins, especially group B, essential for muscles, eyesight and skin. Including a serving of bread in meals can increase the feeling of fullness, even more than other sources of carbohydrates, such as rice or pasta.
- Minerals: Among them, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and potassium, which are involved in the functions of the entire body. By having a lower glycemic index than products made with refined flours, people with diabetes who take them do not reach high peaks in blood glucose and thus their need for insulin is lower.