BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism suggests that artisan bread is, in fact, no better than white bread. Researchers looked at the effects several types of bread have on the body and found no difference between white and non-white bread.
For a few days, participants received either white or non-white bread. Then, researchers from Weizmann Institute of Science measured the levels of glucose, cholesterol, fat, and minerals in their bodies at certain points in the day. What they found out was that there were no significant differences between people who consumed white bread and those who consumed artisan bread.
Artisan bread is different only in terms of taste and texture
Many people promote artisan bread as a healthier alternative to white bread. They claim this type of bread only contains natural enzymes, which are easier to digest and break down the gluten in flour more easily. All these different substances make artisan bread have a different taste and texture than regular bread.
Some say gluten is bad for our health, and claim that it will lead to a much higher number suffering from celiac disease in the future. Since bread is such an important part of our diets, it is important to know how it affects our body. However, there are many theories on its effects, and many of them still remain unclear.
No significant metabolic changes issued by white bread consumption
Therefore, researchers decided to see how our bodies react to white bread containing refined wheat and to whole grain bread produced through traditional methods. For two weeks, they consumed 50 grams of bread each morning, and didn’t consume other types of wheat products. Also, they had to follow similar diets, so that the results would be clear.
Results showed no significant differences between people who ate white bread and those who ate artisan bread. Some of them exhibited a higher glycemic response, but it contained people from both groups, depending on the type of bread they were more sensitive to.
This suggests that one type of bread is not necessarily healthier than another, and people should base their dietary choices depending on their organism. It’s impossible to find a diet perfect for everyone, so each person should pick what suits them best.
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