The nutritional value of bread
In the Mediterranean diet, bread is placed at the basis of the pyramid as an indispensable component of a balanced diet. Bread, is a good source of carbohydrates, is highly nutritious and provides much needed energy for the human body. Bread’s nutritional value varies, depending on the type of flour and the milling process.
Wheat grains are rich in minerals and vitamins, mostly B complex vitamins. Moreover, bread is a healthy and nutritious food choice due to its low fat and sodium content.
Yet, there are some common myths about bread:
1st Myth: Bread is fattening
Bread constitutes a healthy and necessary choice for a balanced diet.
Specifically, there are about 70 calories in a slice of bread (30 grams), which also has lots of nutrients for the body.
Reasonable daily consumption of bread if accompanied with carefully selected foods and precise measurements of any high fat ingredients, such as cheese, butter or sauce, does not result in an increase in body weight. Recommended daily bread intake properly combined with other foods is the key to a healthy diet.
2nd Myth: Bread raises blood sugar
It is true that carbohydrates –as in bread– can affect blood glucose levels. However, contemporary guidelines for diabetes’ care not only does not forbid carbohydrates consumption but also suggests that they comprise a significant percentage of the patients’ daily diet. More precisely, people who have diabetes should prefer carbohydrates of low glycemic index, which have minimum impact on the glucose response curve.