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Baffled by Bread? How to Choose the Best Loaf

Plus Our Top Picks for Whole Wheat Breads

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10/8/2008 11:05:27 AM

JRKREITNER's SparkPage
As a physician assistant I have been helping patients manage related issues like obesity, diabetes and heart disease for over ten years now. In my attempt to help people make informed choices I developed a little math exercise that I think simplifies shopping choices when it comes to processed carbohydrates.
As the article suggests, you must look at the food label and the order of ingredients. Look a little farther down the label to the number of grams of carbohydrates, fiber and sugar.
This is a real pearl that works and should help in decision making. Ready...
Divide carbohydrate grams into fiber grams and try to only purchase packaged foods with a ratio of eight or less and no more than 3 grams of added sugar per serving.
The more fiber, the lower the ratio and the better the product. This effectively reflects a lower glycemic index, which is the ability of a carbohydrate to raise blood sugar. A rapid rise is blood sugar calls for a rapid rise in insulin and since insulin is a storage hormone, it becomes quite difficult to loose weight in the presence of a high insulin state. This high insulin state also sets up the chemistry to the development of insulin resistance which increases the risk of either developing diabetes or progression of an established case of diabetes.
Sincerely
James R Kreitner, RPA-C
10/8/2008 9:45:12 AM

KCDEBI's SparkPage
It's unfortunate that these healthy options are not more affordable. I believe most of these choices are well over $3 in most grocery stores. If I want affordable and healthy, I should probably make my own! :)
10/8/2008 9:16:30 AM

CHARLIEBELLAMY's SparkPage
Thank you so much for this article. I come from the UK where bread does not have all the sweeteners in it and so HATE most US bread - i shall give some of these a try - i'm a whole wheat/wholegrain lover so have tries some of these already.
10/8/2008 8:56:53 AM

SEH0041's SparkPage
This article was great. I already knew to look for the 100% and "whole wheat" as the first ingredient - but I didn't know they sneak in other types of flour or high fructose corn syrup. That stuff is very difficult to avoid, so I was glad to see two of the types of bread I buy on the list of good picks.
10/7/2008 10:28:51 PM

SCATTERBOLT's SparkPage
Just the article I've been looking for! I was shocked when I started reading labels and found that the wheat bread I'd been eating had high fructose corn syrup as the third ingredient!
10/7/2008 6:19:46 PM

SYOUNG8's SparkPage
What about the Sara Lee's Delightful 40 calories per slice? Tast ok I am not big on any kind of wheat bread but this is ok.

Steph

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