Bread gets such a bad rap these days. Eating bread has practically become the new smoking. We get so many people who want gluten-free this and gluten-free that, but my question to these folks is “Have you ever really eaten real bread?” If you haven’t had bread that is not filled with preservatives, enhancers and corn syrup, then you probably haven’t had the real stuff.
Eating bread is not bad for you; eating the wrong bread is.
Want to enjoy bread again? Here are some common myths about bread that we need to shut down first.
Myth #1. Bread is just empty calories with no nutritional value.
Our fresh bread is loaded with whole grains and full of bran fiber and vitamins. We use local pastured eggs, real whole milk, butter, olive oils, a large variety of seeds and grains, and quality stone ground soft red wheat flour from local gristmills. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, that is where the problem lies. Anything with a shelf life of more than 5 days is most likely filled with all of the bad stuff. Real food has calories, of course, but they’re good nutrient-dense calories; the kind that you need to survive.
Myth #2. Gluten is bad for you.
Gluten is NOT the enemy. Soy lecithin is bad for you. Processed ingredients are bad for you. Azodicarbonamide is bad for you (this same chemical can be found in yoga mats and shoe rubber). YES, gluten is bad for people with celiac disease and gluten allergies, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad for everyone. A healthy diet is all about moderation; the vast majority of people can enjoy bread a couple of times a week. Sure, if you’re eating bread all the time and the rest of your diet is crappy (Pssst – Are you drinking a Diet Coke right now? Hmmm…), that may not be so good for you, but gluten isn’t the culprit here; a poor diet full of chemicals is!
Myth #3. Bread makes you fat.
It’s about what kind and how much. Whole grain bread eaten in moderation can actually aid in proper digestion because of all the great bran fiber inside. Too much grain in one day is not good for anyone. Think about the average daily diet; toast in the morning, a sandwich at lunch, pasta and rolls for dinner. It’s not the bread that’s making you gain weight. (I didn’t even mention the cookies people treat themselves to in between meals, either.) Making better choices can reduce weight gain. Don’t blame the bread. Really.
The key to making bread a healthy part of your diet is to choose whole grain breads that are made with unbleached, non-bromated whole wheat flour and eating your bread in moderation.
Come and visit us – we make real bread daily, usually with 5 ingredients or less.