I confess that I am a huge bread lover. I can eat bread at almost every meal and that is how I used to eat for years. The smell of fresh hot bread makes me weak in the knees. Even one of my all-time favorite pizza places has the option of ordering fried dough. Ugh!
The problem is that too much bread (highly refined white bread) can lead to health issues such as obesity and type-2 diabetes. White flour food products such as bread, cookies, cake, and more are rapidly digested, spikes blood sugar, causes a blood-sugar crash, and when it isn’t burned, the surplus of sugar is stored as fat in the body.
Here’s What Happens When You Eat Too Much Bread
Let’s face it. Bread is soft, yummy, and when it’s warm it pairs well with butter and sometimes jelly depending on your mood.
I’m all for celebrating national donut day, pizza day, cheeseburger day, and any day with food made from white flour involved.
I know there are side effects to eating too much bread. I’m talking about the refined white flour type of bread.
I’ll share some of my personal side-effects of eating bread as well as the “too much bread symptoms” that are documented elsewhere.
The Carb Bloat
- I can’t count how many times I’ve felt the carb bloat after eating a meal that consisted of bread. I have always eaten my fair share of the yummy stuff only to feel overly full and even wake up the next day feeling as bloated as ever.
The Sugar Crash
- I often refer to the sugar crash as a foma (food coma.) I used to work in a cubicle for years and lunchtime often consisted of going out and grabbing a sandwich or eating pasta. When I made it back to my desk, I’d feel sluggish and want so badly to take a nap. It was a horrible feeling!
- All of the years of eating all of the bread carbs I wanted led to a lot of weight gain. Having a sedentary job didn’t help matters. I never burned off what I ate and thus all of the carbs created a surplus of sugar and was stored as fat in my body.
- Maybe it’s just me but I have noticed that I become constipated more often when I’ve added too much bread in my diet. Everyone is different but this is something that you may want to pay attention to if you are a big bread eater.
Besides these side effects, white bread has very little nutritional value. In the creating of refined flour, both the innermost and outermost layers of the grain are removed.
That means the nutritious parts such as fiber and protein are stripped away leaving mostly starch. Don’t be fooled by products that are made with enriched flour.
Although they add back some nutritional value into enriched flour, it still isn’t an ideal option.
Do I Have to Stop Eating Bread?
That is a question you’ll need to answer for yourself and you’ll likely get a better answer by consulting with someone knowledgable in this area.
As for myself, I know for a fact that white bread is not the business. Do I love it? Heck yeah but it’s not benefiting me at all.
Therefore, I have significantly reduced my intake of the stuff and opt for healthier options like whole grain bread.
Even still, I try to limit my bread intake as much as possible. That includes all refined white flour products that I have a weakness for.
I’m a big dessert person so cookies and cake are temptations for me. One of the ways I battle my sweet tooth and overall white bread craving is through substitution.
I like bread not only for the taste but that it makes me feel full. I like dessert because I have a mad sweet tooth.
Therefore finding a good substitute was important for me and I chose this meal replacement shake.
Is it Bad to Eat Bread Everyday?
I think if you’re eating it in excess every single day it can definitely have some negative side-effects.
It helps to go for healthier options if you want to eat it every day. There are whole grain options like Ezekiel bread.
The plan going forward is to continue limiting our intake of the refined white flour. So far so good.
Breakfast used to consist of a bagel, toast, and whatever else I was eating. Now it looks more like a boiled egg, cottage cheese, avocado, and a protein.
Yay for better choices! If you are really struggling with eating bread, here are some tips that work for me:
- Don’t have it in your home (out of sight, out of mind)
- Decide that your health is more important than the bread craving
- Drink more water when you eat (helps you feel satiated)
- Eat whole grain options
- Eat more vegetables
Really, the big one that helps a lot is just not having it in your home. That eliminates a bulk of the temptation that you will have.