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Does eating bread make you fat?

Does eating bread make you fat?

Bread takes a lot of flak, but does tucking into a slice of doughy goodness mean you’re going to put on a crazy amount of weight?

The bottom line is that eating too much of anything will make you put on weight. Bread is not the bad guy here.

Whole grains make you feel fuller for longer. So eating bread as part of a balanced diet will give you energy, and fill you up on less.

It actually contains the same amount of calories per ounce as protein, and if you eat wholegrain rather than white bread that’s been stripped of many vitamins, it can help with appetite control.

Be wary also about swapping out regular wholegrain bread for those marked as gluten free, as this label is no guarantee of health.

Often where gluten is taken out, more additives have to be added – things like xanthan gum, extra sugar or fat. If you need to go for a gluten-free option think about wholefood alternatives – buckwheat, quinoa, or flax.

Watch that your brown bread hasn’t had treacle added to it – a trick that makes the loaf look darker and more “wholesome”. Go for wholegrain, over brown or wholemeal, as this tends to contain the most in terms of vitamins and minerals, not to mention that all-important fibre.

As bread is a carbohydrate, which can make blood sugars spike, think about pairing it with proteins or fats like nut butters or hummus. This can reduce the rate at which the carbs are released into your bloodstream.

So where bread’s concerned, check the label. Not all breads are created equal, and if you choose well, you’ve a nutritious food that can fuel you well, without you piling on the calories.

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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running ultra marathons. In addition to training for her epic runs she finds time for strength training, Pilates and Yoga. .