· Bread is fattening
There is little or no fat or sugar in bread. A slice of bread has the same number of calories as a large apple.
· Bread causes bloating
Bloating is the new description for “I feel fat” or “I feel full”. We are meant to feel full after meals, but if you are over-full then maybe you ate too much food! A review by the British Nutrition Foundation¹ concluded that there was no scientific evidence that regular consumption of bread caused bloating or digestive problems.
· Bread is unhealthy
Contrary to what some may believe, bread is good for us and is an excellent source of proteins, vitamins especially the B Vitamins, Thiamine, Niacin, and Folic Acid; minerals (Calcium and iron); fibre and complex carbohydrates. It is also low in sugar and fat.
· Bread is low in essential nutrients
Bread is healthy as it contains many nutrients such as iron, calcium and B vitamins. Some varieties are also fortified with vitamin D and seeds such as Chia, adding Omega 3 to the nutritional content, making bread a major contributor to the nutrient intake of the Irish diet. at dinner. Bread can and should be included in your diet at least once a day.
· Bread makes your energy levels drop
Although, if consumed alone, white and wholemeal breads cannot claim to have a low glycemic index, most of the time bread is combined with protein and fat: when it is eaten with a meal or as a sandwich, for example. This combination means that the carbohydrate is digested more slowly and glucose enters the bloodstream at a slower and more stable rate.
· Our member bakers are members of RSPO (Roundtable on sustainable palm oil) and are committed to the use of sustainable palm oil.
· Currently there are micro amounts used in one of the raw materials that is used in most bread.
· The use of palm oil is being monitored closely and the commercial bakery industry is at the early stages of researching a palm free ingredient for use in bread. Palm oil has particular properties that make it a very useful and important ingredient within the baking industry.
Like all good foods, it’s important that bread should be an important part of everyone’s balanced diet. It is good value and is an inexpensive source of many of the nutrients our bodies need, whatever your age.
So, the next time you hear somebody making the claim that it is unhealthy or fattening, then just remember that hard scientific research proves the contrary.
Keep eating bread, it’s good for you!