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Eating White Bread Can Increase Risk for Obesity by 40%

Just 2 or more servings a day can pack on the pounds…. 

According to study author Professor Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, white bread is made with highly refined flour, which is rapidly absorbed as sugar. Two or more daily servings of white bread can put patients at a 40 percent higher risk of becoming overweight and obese. The study monitored the eating habits and weight of 9,267 Spanish graduate students over five years. Students who consumed both whole grain and white bread had no higher increased risk of becoming obese. There was also no link between eating only whole grain bread and becoming overweight or obese.

 "A sensible recommendation would be to switch to whole grain bread, especially for people who usually consume a lot of bread," he added. One serving size of Wonder Bread’s White Bread contains two slices, 190 calories, 2 grams of fat, 37 grams of carbohydrates, and 3 grams of sugar. One serving size of Wonder Bread’s 100% Whole Grain Bread contains two slices, 160 calories, 2 grams of fat, 30 grams of carbohydrates, and 4 grams of sugar. Just reducing the portions in half can reduce the calories and carbs in-half.

The research doesn’t show a cause-and-effect relationship between eating white bread and weight gain, just an association. The health benefits of white bread have been debated for quite some time. A 2012 study at the British Nutrition Foundation found most health alerts about eating white bread are myths. The researchers further went on to explain that white bread is an important source of nutrition with vital vitamins and minerals.

Practice Pearls:
  • The study has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. Until then, the study results presented at meetings should be considered preliminary.
  • One serving size of White Bread contains two slices, 190 calories, 2 grams of fat, and 37 grams of carbohydrates.

Presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Bulgaria, June 2014