04 Jul Surviving or Thriving – Is Bread Good For Me?
Some of the most important research on health is being done in our lifetime. The results are accessible and sometimes promoted but understanding them and interpreting what impact they have on your choices is not easy. Layered on top of that is the thousands of outlets interpreting and publishing the same information to sell their product without consideration for your health.
Since the late 80’s we’ve been recommended 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. Part of the same study was to increase bread consumption by 50%. The history of government health advice is long and convoluted but in most cases it serves as an aid to assist the population avoid an early death. Big business saw its opportunity and continue to sell their products under its guise. The health advice published by government agencies is based on the pre-request ‘what does a human need to survive’. Not only does the ‘5 a day recommendation’ belittle what a human requires for good health, it’s wrong, outdated and declines to promote what an individual needs to thrive – to reach their peak performance. It simply serves the government who can promote statistics at election time ‘helped ‘x million’ decibels avoid an early death’.
So lets look at bread. Sales of ‘unhealthy’ processed white bread have plummeted by 75 per cent since 1974. We are aware that bread is perhaps not the healthiest choice but it remains a common question; white or brown? Sourdough or Barley? What bread should I be eating?
Only a few years ago I would polish off a loaf in one sitting. A door stop bacon sandwich! Get the pan out and slice 4 wedges from the loaf. I’ll take the end piece now, smear with butter and eat while I wait for the pan to heat. 4 paving slabs in the toaster and a quarter of the loaf left – I’ve put in extra bacon so a slice to wipe up the HP/melted butter coulis and then another generous ‘half’ sandwich. Loaf done………nutritional value…….not high!
For some individuals eating bread can have some pronounced and instantaneous inflammation such as those suffered by those with a gluten intolerance. For others, it’s always been part of their diet who may say “I’m fine, so why change now?”.
99% of households continue to buy bread with the equivalent of nearly 12 million loaves being sold each day so you’d conclude that a human will survive eating their sandwiches. Bread has a very low nutrient density and actually contains many anti-nutrients. Quinoa, sweet potato, buckwheat, root veg, squash and many more all have a higher nutrient density and will give you the carb piece of your daily intake pie.
I could spend time untangling and interpreting the articles, studies, opinions and experiences but I’d prefer a simpler approach. Our nutritional choices are our investments and I don’t believe bread is the best investment I could make.
The question shouldn’t be “is bread good for me?” it should be “Is bread the best thing that I can be eating?”. Are you happy to merely survive or would you like to thrive? Perhaps ‘survival’ is enough, maybe you don’t have time and your job will always take priority over your health but next time you grab your sandwich as you rush back to work be honest and hold yourself accountable – “am I happy merely surviving”
If you want to thrive and need some help stepping in the right direction then you’re in the right place. Why don’t you enhance your life experience today and go beyond survival.