3 Reasons Everyone Can Enjoy Bread
Bread has been getting some negative press in recent years. They keep telling us it makes you fat, it contains gluten, and it’s unhealthy. But we love bread! Can we keep eating it? We at Lizza believe that everyone should be able to enjoy delicious fresh bread. This is how we want to make sure that’s possible.
Bread is wonderful
Think of the smell of freshly baked bread. What does it make you think of? Visiting your grandma? A happy breakfast shared with your family? A picnic with your partner? A lot of us connect bread with nostalgic memories. And that’s just one aspect of why bread is so special. We love it because it’s versatile. You can toast it, top it with a variety of ingredients, dunk it in soup, and it goes well with a lot of dishes. And then there’s the experience itself. Biting into a fresh soft bread with a crispy crust is so comforting. Why do they want to take it away from us?
Them: You can’t have bread because it contains gluten
Us: Bread can be free from anything you want
It’s true that the typical wheat-based bread contains gluten that is very dangerous for people with coeliac disease. Even people who are gluten intolerant or allergic to wheat would probably do best to avoid it. But bread can be made from other ingredients. You can find bread that fits into almost any diet. For example, Lizza bread is made with flaxseed, bean flour, pumpkin seed protein, and psyllium seed husk. This makes it:
- Low in sugar
- Reduced in carbohydrates
That’s a lot of boxes ticked!
Them: You can’t have bread because it’s going to make you fat
Us: Bread can help you with weight wellness
The reason why they tell us that bread makes people fat is because the typical wheat bread is rich in carbs and has a high glycaemic index. Some research does suggest that eating foods with a high glycaemic index can lead to increased hunger, greater risk of overeating (1), increased cravings (2), and higher body weight (3). But it’s never that simple, the rest of your diet matters a lot. And even if you are worried that the carbs and high glycaemic index of bread are making you eat more, you can find an alternative. Lizza bread contains 89% less carbs than a typical wheat bread. Low carbohydrate diets can be beneficial for weight wellness as we talked about in our previous blog post.
Them: You can’t have bread because it’s unhealthy
Us: Bread can be a part of healthy lifestyle
They say that bread is unhealthy because it’s typically low in fibre, low in protein, and again, it has too many carbs. Some research does suggest that high-carb diets may be associated with a greater risk of type 2 diabetes (4). But being healthy is more than just about bread, it’s more than just about your diet. Healthy lifestyle consists also of exercise, sleeping well, having good relationships, meaningful work, and much more.
And again, even those that are concerned that a high-carb diet is not working for them can find a solution. Do you see the trend here? Lizza bread is high in fibre, high in plant-protein, low in carbs and sugar, 100% organic, and doesn’t contain any preservatives. That definitely seems like a bread that can be a part of your healthy lifestyle.
We hope that this article gives you confidence that we can all find a way to continue enjoying the wonderful creation that is bread!
1) S B Roberts, High-glycemic index foods, hunger, and obesity: is there a connection?, Nutr Rev. 2000, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10885323/
2) Belinda S Lennerz et al., Effects of dietary glycemic index on brain regions related to reward and craving in men, Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23803881/
3) Yunsheng Ma et al., Association between Dietary Carbohydrates and Body Weight, Am J Epidemiol. 2005, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1199523/4) Hala B AlEssa et al., Carbohydrate quality and quantity and risk of type 2 diabetes in US women, Am J Clin Nutr. 2015, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26537938/