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White Bread: Is It Unhealthy For Human?

Raina Rahul Agarwal 19 Jan, 2023 Uncategorized 6 Comments


White Bread is manufactured with wheat flour from which the bran and germ are removed through the milling process, and only endosperm remains. Wheat contains three parts: bran(10-14%), germs (2.5-3.0%) and endosperm (80-85 %). When it goes through this process beneficial nutrients get rid of the products significantly fewer nutrients value is added to the bread.

White Bread

Through this milling process shelf, the life of the bread is increased because it removes the natural oil. Refined flour that is used in making white bread is bleached by adding bleaching agent-potassium bromate, azodicarbonamide, and chlorine dioxide gas. Whole wheat bread contains more magnesium than refined flour bread, it contains 1/2 of the magnesium of whole wheat bread. Bread’s reputation has taken a major hit in recent years due to the rise of low-carb and gluten-free meal plans.

What Is Refined Flour & Why Is It Harmful?

Refined flour is the finest powder the manufacturer process the grain and removes bran and germ from the flour. Refined flour-made products have a longer shelf life. Products appear also to have finer and lighter texture styles. The key difference between maida or refined flour and atta or whole grain maida is made from endosperm and atta is made from germ, bran and endosperm The average consumption of refined flour is good and safe for health but excessive consumption of refined flour can harm the human body by damaging several organs of the digestive system. Consuming so much refined flour leads to the occurrence of some diseases like diabetes, PCOS and obesity. Hence we should take maida occasionally and enjoy it. We should not take it daily. Refined flour is injurious to health because:

  • Leads to diabetes
  • Increases body weight
  • Existence of SMBS
  • Digestive Problem
  • Acidic in nature
  • Not enough nutrients

Carbs In Bread:

Carbohydrates are the main nutrients found in bread. It provides fuel to the body. White bread is manufactured with highly processed simple carbohydrates. Blood sugar is caused by highly processed food and this blood sugar can lead to type-2 diabetes. Processed carbohydrates have less fibre so a person doesn’t feel full after having bread. During manufacturing processed food lost its nutritional value. Then the manufacturer adds some vitamins and minerals. However, these nutrients can not full fill the requirements of fibre which is important for digestive and cardiovascular disease.

Hence excessive intake of carbohydrates can develop some life-threatening diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

There are some reasons that will ensure why white bread is not good for human health:

Little Nutrition Value:

According to Palinski Wade, RD author of belly fat diet for Dummies when the grain is processed for making refined flour of white bread, the outermost and innermost layers of grains are removed. It also removes some fibres (essential for the digestive system) and some protein about 25%.

White Bread

Increases The Risk Of Type-2 Diabetes:

When blood sugar rises, excess insulin is released into the bloodstream pushing sugar into cells that become more resistant to insulin making it more difficult to control blood sugar levels over time. People who take several servings of whole grains a day and limited their intake of refined grains had less of the type of fat that increases the risk of type-2 diabetes.

Weight Gain:

After having refined carbohydrates through white bread, the excess sugar in the bloodstream is usually stored in the body as fat unless it is used in immediately for physical activity. Fast digestion increases hunger and cravings can lead to a lack of satiety after meals. It can also increase chlorine intake at the end of the day.

Symptoms of Depression:

The taste of white bread may good but white bread can affect mood. The same hormonal response that causes blood sugar to drop can the reason for mood swings, fatigue and other symptoms of depression.

Disclaimer: All the content of this article is for information purposes only.


Raina Rahul Agarwal

A Non-Medical Scientist, BSL-2 Lab, Mirzapur

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