Monday, July 14, 2008

Bread - anyone?

I have always been a big fan of breads. Name it - white, wheat, whole grain, stuffed, sweet, savory, plain, etc... That I can live a whole week eating with just bread. Weird, huh? Find it interesting also, so I manage to search on the net on the healthy benefits of breads. Read on...
" For centuries, bread has been regarded and respected as the staff of life and a vital part of healthy nutrition. But new research demonstrates that many consumers may be making nutritional decisions related to bread without understanding its proven health benefits as part of a long-term, balanced diet, including the role that whole grains serve in reducing cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
The research, conducted by Schapiro Research Group of Atlanta, reveals the dietary attitudes, preferences and knowledge surrounding bread and reduced carbohydrate diets of 1,000 adults aged 18 and over. The research also indicates that a significant number of those who do reduce bread consumption may be making dietary decisions without understanding the proven health benefits of bread. While breads, particularly whole grain options, are among the healthiest carbs to choose, few consumers are aware of how its benefits stack up against other popular carbohydrates. In fact, when evaluating the perceived health benefits of carbohydrates in their diets, bread is not top of mind with consumers. The misperception of bread as less healthy by many consumers is of particular concern to health professionals.
Only 17 percent of consumers correctly identified that breads and other grains are the base of the Food Guide Pyramid, meaning more servings should be eaten each day as part of a healthy diet than any other food group."
With the benefits mentioned above, no matter what kind of bread there is, I love it more! :-)