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Busting the Myths about Bread

Low carb or no carb diets and gluten intolerance are just a couple of the reasons given by people who choose to eliminate bread from their eating plans. Yes, it’s a little bit trendy to proclaim your diet is grain and gluten free… but is denying oneself your daily bread really necessary for good health?

As bakers, we emphatically say no! Too many fad eating plans and diets give bread a bad rap, unnecessarily. So now it’s myth busting time and you may be in for some surprises.

Bread rolls

Bread rolls (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are some truths to get you thinking and set the record straight…. 

Myth: Eating bread makes you gain weight.

Fact: Weight loss and weight maintenance is about fewer calories in than out. Most foods, including bread, in moderation and as part of a balanced diet won’t make you gain weight.

Myth: Bread causes people to have digestive problems.

Fact: People with coeliac disease or a medically demonstrated intolerance to gluten or grains are very likely to experience digestive issues after eating bread. For the rest of us though, bread consumption can be beneficial to gut health and the fibre found in bread often helps with digestive processes.

Myth: Bread is empty calories.

Fact: While highly processed white breads may not be your best nutritional choice, a slice of dense multigrain bread will provide plenty of vitamins and fibre.

Myth: Bread is difficult to digest.

Fact: Unless you are coeliac or gluten intolerant, bread is quite easily digested.

Myth: Eating bread makes people feel bloated.

Fact: There’s actually no scientific evidence to support claims that that bread consumption causes bloating. More common causes of bloating after meals include eating too quickly, hormonal issues, stress or even marked fluctuations in the amount and type of fibre consumed.

Well, that is quite simple really!

What should you do now?

  1. Reevaluate your beliefs about bread and consider whether you’re eliminating it unnecessarily.
  2. Spread the word about the nutritional goodness bread can bring to a well-balanced eating plan.
  3. Want some help or ideas? Just contact us at Killarney Vale Bakery now.


“A slice of bread eaten is a million times more nourishing than a loaf of bread imagined.”
~Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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