The idea of not eating bread makes most people cringe. Almost everyone likes bread and most would say they love it. It’s been a household pantry staple for as long as we can remember but within the last decade or so it’s become a hot topic of discussion as to whether or not it’s actually good for you. Let’s look at the benefits of eating no bread for 30 days and then you decide if it’s still worth keeping in your pantry.
Bread Over The Centuries
Dating back to the hunter and gatherer period, the way that we grow and make food available for us to eat has changed tremendously. Though grains were available during this period farming was more so or less a ‘testing ground’ as hunters and gatherers experimented with basic farming methods. During this time, however, the foods that were eaten were easily tolerated as the human body was designed to digest naturally grown food sources. Over time humans learned to grow and yield different grains that could then be made into other foods like bread or cakes for instance. Fast tracking to the last recent decades, grains are now modified in an array of different ways to fulfill different purposes such as yielding longer shelf life. Unfortunately, these modifications to grains over the years have changed how our bodies tolerate them leading more people to food sensitivities and things like celiac disease.
What Does Bread Do To Your Body?
Breads fit into the carbohydrates category of the food pyramid and they are meant to give you needed energy but that doesn’t mean all carbs are good for you. Here are seven things that happen to your body when you eat bread.
- Stimulates unnecessary cravings to eat more – Do you ever notice when you eat a lot of carbs that you can still feel hungry or hungry again shortly after eating? That’s because the peptide leptin is blocked causing your brain to tell you that you’re still hungry.
- Increase Of Inflammation- Organs and tissues can experience an increase of inflammation that can be misdiagnosed
- Absorption Of Minerals Is Blocked- The wheat in bread can break down the lining in the intestines lessening its ability to absorb vital nutrients
- Disruption Of Endocrine System- A woman’s body relies on a healthy endocrine system
- Can Lead To Allergic Reactions – More and more people are experiencing allergic reactions within their gut, skin, nasal and joint areas due to the body’s intolerance of wheat and gluten.
- Addiction- Peptides found in wheat attach to the opioid receptors in the brain leading to cravings which can cause food addictions and eating disorders.
- Is A Threat To Your Cells – These peptides found in wheat closely resemble peptides on your cells which can cause one’s body to attack them thinking they are a foreign substance.
The Benefits Of Eating No Bread For 30 Days
- Helps lower blood glucose (glycemic benefit)
- Experience less bloating
- Less toxin build up in the system as many breads are filled with additives
- Absorb more minerals that are needed for the body
- Decrease in inflammation
- Lessens chances of digestive complaints
- Can reduce blood pressure
- Can reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes
The benefits of not eating bread for 30 days will continue as you begin to omit it from your diet. It’s important to understand that these benefits are largely due to how carbs break down in your system as well as the ingredient of wheat which has changed dramatically over the centuries. Gluten also plays a factor in how one’s body responds to bread but gluten alone is not the only issue.