Maybe you boys and girls knew this and some of you didnt, but I think it's interesting that articles that I found. I hope this helps some of you because I was totally clueless as to not eating bread.
Is Bread Fattening? No. Bread is NOT fattening.
Bread is one of the ESSENTIAL FOODS in a healthy weight loss plan.
Bread Doesn't Make us Overweight In 23 years of helping men, women and teenagers to lose weight, I have never met one single dieter who was overweight because they ate too much bread!
Truth is, no one gets fat by eating too much bread or too many potatoes. These foods are wonderful for weight loss. They satisfy our appetite and keep us full for longer. It's only when we add FAT to them that they become fattening.
Make Bread Part of Your Diet
- Start eating regular bread and potatoes.
- Choose whole wheat or wholegrain bread.
- Choose baked/boiled potatoes, not fries.
- If you must add fat, add a LITTLE.
Is Bread Fattening? No, bread is not fattening. An average slice of bread contains about 70 calories.
For details, click: Calorie Chart Showing Calories in Bread
Remember: Bread makes us full before it makes us fat!
Bread Calories & Health
- Choose whole wheat bread for extra nutrition and stomach-filling qualities.
- Use only a thin coating of butter or spread.
- When making savoury sandwiches, add plenty of salad.
- Don't be afraid of bread - it's a nutritious food and good for weight loss.
- That said, some bread-products ARE high in calories.
- A 2oz muffin contains about 165 calories.
- A 4oz chocolate chip muffin is high in calories (350-400) and fat (15g+).
- A 2oz croissant is also high in calories (240) and fat (12g).
In moderate, appropriate portions, bread is fine. But for someone to say bread and potatoes can not make you fat.... well, clearly that person has not seen the way I can eat bread and potatoes!
Also, I got a big surprise on day when I logged my baked potato into my food log. I weighed it before eating and found out that one potato had 239 calories in it. Granted, it was a big potato, but I never would have thought my plain potato had that many calories. I should have only eaten half that potato.
So, if you're in a restaurant, and you like bread, the advice is to take the bread only after your meal arrives, and you're at least halfway through it (if you still want it by then - most restaurant meals are heavy enough in calories that you don't need the bread. Save it for a sandwich or snack at home or work).
I don't think we should use the word "fattening" any more.
I love bread and I'd never even think of giving it up. I just don't eat one piece after another, slathered with butter or jam (or both). I have learned to be happy with just one piece at a meal.
Grant it, I have changed a heck of a lot more things than just the bread. I'm just saying, I increased my bread intake, increased my fruit and veggie intakes too, but decreased fried foods.
I agree: moderation, moderation, moderation.
If we eat too much bread or too many potatoes we will undoubtably gain weight. Carbohydrates are digested into a blood sugar called glucose, which is then used to fuel our bodies for work or exercise. However, if our blood sugar level is higher than necessary, the excess will be stored as fat.
I switched to either whole wheat or whole grain. I have bread at each meal but not "white" or "enriched" bread. More and more restaurants offer it even if not obvious. Ask at all sandwich shops, etc. I have bread three times a day. Combined with proper diet and daily exercise I'm stable at 190lbs for over a year now which is down from 248. Bread is fine.
Bread has been a food staple for thousands of years. So many Americans have an unhealthy view of carbs, and I think it's really sad. I just spent several months abroad, and white bread was a major component of just about every meal I ate. Sometimes it was my entire lunch. Right now, I'm really missing my daily fresh bread. A lot of breads made in America, even whole wheat ones, are filled with corn syrup/sugars and other processed ingredients and preservatives. I'd chose a baguette over just about any grocery store loaf, even those that seem healthy, like Oroweat/Arnold. I stay far far away from those types of breads and stick to those with basic ingredients -- flour, water, yeast, and salt. Plain Ezekial bread is my favorite.
i think the big phobia is over the carbs not the fat... as long as you get whole grain breads and brown rice versus white so at least there is some nutritional value to them.. i myself love wheat bread, red potatoes, and brown rice... i don't think i could ever do w/o carbs completely
If the number of calories you eat is higher than the calories you burn, the excess will be stored as fat. Regardless of whether those calories come from carbs, fat, or protein.