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AHA Puts In A Good Word For – Whole Grain – Bread

January 21, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
The American Heart Association has come to the defense of bread, the human diet staple that has been vilified for years because of its carbs, sodium and gluten content. The AHA is sticking up for bread, the whole grain kind anyway, because it is a good source of nutrients that help maintain a healthy immune system. It also provides dietary fiber that can help improve cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes. The AHA warns that breads made from refined grains can lead to a surplus of bloodstream sugar, which is stored as fat. Watch out for white bread, French bread, bagels, and pizza crust. And, unless you have celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten, be cautious of gluten-free baked goods. "The gluten craze is something to be wary about," says a nutritionist. "Baked gluten-free foods often do not have optimal nutrient value."[Image Credit: © PhotoMIX-Company @ Pixabay]
"Are some breads getting a bad rap?", HealthDay, January 21, 2019, © HealthDay
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