Food is considered to be a way to know more about the culture and tradition of a country or a region. There are certain foods which we love and eat almost every day because they make our lives easier in the kitchen. And, this article talks about one specific food/ ingredient which is widely consumed in so many countries and even has an inclined consumption graph in India. Yes, we are talking about bread! It is our breakfast buddy on busy Mondays, partner while having a financial crunch in the month-end and also a quick saviour when hunger pangs are drumming away. From a fitness enthusiast to a die-hard foodie, bread can be your companion in any and every journey. It plays an important role in our everyday life yet there are so many misconceptions about bread in general. Which one to eat, what is healthier, should you or should you not eat it, etc. there are infinite myths when it comes to bread. So, today let’s break some myths and get some facts about this everyday food which we cannot imagine our life without!
You should know that there are 4 major types of bread highly consumed in India. Let’s dive into the depth of each of them!
Firstly, you should know that bread is not bad for you! Bread contains complex carbohydrates which play a vital role in maintaining a balanced diet. White bread is usually tender, soft and easy to slice. They are high on fiber and can help us reach our daily fiber goal. This bread majorly consists of starch and carbs as they are made up of all-purpose flour or bran. This is one of the softest bread and most used bread in India. In fact, all the street stalls selling sandwiches or bread pakodas use this bread itself!
Brown bread is considered to be a healthier option if you’re on a diet and trying to cut down on carbs. The main reason why it is said to be healthier is that the process of brown bread removes the bran and also it is made up of non-processed flour like wheat and rye. The speciality of this bread is that it contains essential nutrients naturally. People think that brown bread is nothing but a coloured version of white bread which is not backed by any research yet. But, nevertheless, brown bread is considered to be a healthier option than white bread. If you’re looking to make yourself a healthy sandwich, make sure to use brown bread.
Whole Wheat Bread
Whole wheat bread as the name suggests this bread is 100% made with wheat flour without any addition of maida. This popularly named wholemeal bread consists of many health benefits like it is rich in vital nutrients and fiber, unlike white bread, which helps in lowering the risk of obesity and heart disease. This bread is quite popular amongst health enthusiasts and fitness driven people. But, the store-bought ones are sometimes not very reliable as they are sometimes hampered with pesticides. It’s better to make a batch of whole wheat bread at home! You can check out this easy recipe to guide you in making your own batch of whole wheat bread
Multigrain as the name suggests, this bread is made with more than one type of grain. And, which is why it’s considered to be the healthiest among the other three! Generally, it’s made with whole wheat flour, millet flours, oats and also topped with some assorted healthy seeds. This bread has ample benefits for the body when chosen wisely and is a better choice to contribute to healthy living!
The love for bread is constant right from kids to all the adults in the house, be it a quick bread upma for dinner or garma garam bread pakoda with chai, it's super versatile which makes it even more fabulous. It’s never wrong to eat whatever you like even if it's things like a cheese burst pizza or yummy garlic bread, but moderation and eating in the right proportion is the key! Dieting or eating healthy never means that you have to starve your body or stop it from what it loves, it’s about eating a balanced diet and choosing healthy! But, there’s no right or wrong bread out of all these options, it’s always better to choose to eat according to your body and whatever suits it. At the end of the day, we all have different bodies and it’s important to figure out what it requires.
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