Are Carbs Really That Bad?
When we think about carbohydrates we usually think about foods such as pasta, cereal, and bread but a carbohydrate is a very broad term. Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients found in food. The other macronutrients are fat and protein. Hardly any foods contain only one nutrient and most are a combination of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in varying amounts. That is why it’s extremely difficult to cut out one macronutrient entirely. Carbs are just carbs bread is not any worse than any other carb. Instead of making efforts to cut out bread and grains out of your diet entirely your efforts would be more usefully spend in finding healthier bread options instead of the overly processed and sugary options available at the store.
More Wholesome Bread Options for your Sandwich
You may be wondering how to lose weight and still eat bread, when carbs turn to sugar when processed by the body. You can do this by eating a balanced diet and opting for whole grain and healthier options. Here are a few tips to make better bread choices:
100% whole grain wheat with at least 3 grams of fiber per slice.
(100% whole wheat flour as the first ingredient listed)
Avoid bread with added sugars.
Breads with 100 calories or less per slice
Choose breads with fewer ingredients.
Many breads contain unnecessary added ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup. In my opinion, these added ingredients don’t make the bread taste any better.
Even Those on Carb Restricted Diets Can Still Eat Bread
Yes, that’s right – you can still stick to your Paleo, Adkins, or Ketogenic diet and still eat bread. To eat bread on carb restricted diets you must make the bread yourself using substitutes for flour. Here are just a few options:
Flax Seed Meal
My favorite low-carb bread recipe is the Microwave Low-Carb Hamburger Bun. This is easy and quick to make. I start these out in the microwave and then brown them in the oven. Give this a try they are actually very tasty.
As always feel free to comment below or share your favorite healthy bread recipes and ideas.