Why Whole Wheat Bread isn’t Healthy

So I posted this on Facebook & Twitter as one of my daily health tidbits and I felt compelled to dive into this topic a little deeper.

Who would ever imagine that whole wheat bread clocks a 71 on glycemic index, while Snicker’s candy bar, shockingly, has a lower rating of 51! You could just imagine what one was thinking if they just ate some whole wheat bread or purchased it recently from the grocery store. So what’s this all about?

The glycemic index, or GI, rates foods on a scale of 1 to 100 based on how they affect your blood sugar. A low GI food has a GI of 55 or less. A medium GI food of between 56 and 69. A high GI food has a a GI of 70 or more. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and generally call for less insulin.

Personally, I’d recommend that you keep a food journal and write down not only what you are eating but how you feel afterwards in terms of energy, mood, attention, memory, etc. to figure out what foods provide you with the feeling of optimal health.

Here’s some average numbers of GI foods and remember it’s an average so the whole wheat has been tested and comes in at 71 glycemic index. Checkout paleo breads made with almond flour but stay away from any bread or food products with allulose (check out the previous blog).

Here’s a quick reference GI Food List: (just click on table to expand it)

 

 

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