Question: Does Bread Cause Belly Fat?
The simple answer is… it depends on which type of bread.
Many diets on the market these days promote carb free (Atkins) or extemely low carb but providing you choose the right breads you really don’t need to follow these extreme diets.
What to avoid?
Avoid breads that contain white flour, refined flour, enriched flour, enriched wheat flour, enriched bleached flour and wheat flour. There are more, but these are the big ones you need to look out for.
Why avoid these?
Because it is really just processed sugar. When these ingredients are used, you also don’t normally see a good amount of fibre, which means you have nothing to help slow down the rush of sugar into your blood and the spike in insulin levels.
This leads to fat storage and more importantly belly fat storage.
So what bread can you eat to avoid belly fat storage?
Look for 100% whole grain bread or sprouted grain bread. Both are excellent choices because they contain more of the good stuff that gets stripped out with the other breads.
When you get more of the entire grain you get a higher fibre level and a heartier grain. This leads to a slower rise in blood sugars and a lower insulin response.
The result: Less calories stored as belly fat.