The quest for the ideal diet and miraculous foods has been increasing in such a way that foods that were previously the basis for a balanced diet have become the most fearsome foods to be avoided altogether. This is the case with bread.
First it is important to note that no food, in itself, fattens. What enhances the process of weight gain is the amount of the portions ingested. Everything that is ingested too much is bad, even the water. In the case of bread, in addition to the amount ingested daily it is also important to keep in mind what is inside.
"I usually eat bread with butter or butter with bread?" Ask yourself this to get a sense of what you consume and how much you do. To put a little amount of butter or even of olive oil, a slice of flamenco cheese or fresh cheese or a slice of ham does not hurt anyone, rather the opposite.
Bread is part of the food triad of our Mediterranean diet: bread, olive oil and wine. It is an excellent source of carbohydrates and fiber and should be part of a balanced diet. There are, however, situations in which their intake should be moderate in people who feel the famous "swollen belly" for those who have some sort of food intolerance to the cereals that make up the bread or to those who have hypertension (should opt for breads with low sodium content).
As for the type of bread, there are really differences from the nutritional point of view that can make a difference. When choosing between white bread (more refined) and dark bread (whole-grain flour) it is preferable to choose the "darkest possible". Currently there are numerous options on the market such as carob flour bread, malt, cereal or even the usual brown bread.
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Although both refined and whole-grain breads have a similar energy density (calories), whole-grain bread has a lower glycemic index, that is, carbohydrates, because they are more complex, take longer to be absorbed, thus containing more satiating, contributing to the regulation of body weight.