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Proper Bread Consumption


Did you know that exactly one half of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests?  Bread specifically and carbohydrates in general tend to get a lot of blame for a number of health concerns including diabetes and obesity.  Health experts tend to find a personal culprit or hindrance to their health and impart on all of us the need for refraining from the same.   This is unfortunate as no one can ever point a finger at anyone particular item for what afflicts us.  Balance is the key to health, and since I personally love bread, I thought I would give you a way to balance the reported ‘badness’ associated with it.  As I am sure you are aware, the anti-carb camp relies on the speed blood sugar increases, and therefore insulin, after consuming bread as the foot hold into its atrocities.  Here is your balance: a number of studies suggest that polyphenol-rich berries (strawberries, bilberries, cranberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, etc.) reduces digestion and absorption of starch and thereby suppress the high sugar/insulin combo following consumption (postprandial glycemia).  Your balance to eating bread is to eat it with berries - either on top as a spread of on the side!  To slightly rephrase something Donald Trump once said: If you’re interested in balancing work (dieting) with pleasure (not dieting), stop trying.  Instead, make your work (dieting) more pleasurable. 

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