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Bread revealed: Eating THIS surprising type could be better for you

Bread revealed: Eating THIS surprising type could be better for you

White bread is just as good for you as brown, according to a surprising new study.

The researchers measured glucose, fat and cholesterol levels, and discovered there were no clinically significant differences between the effects of the two types of bread.

The trial split 20 people into two groups, giving 10 of them whole-wheat sourdough and the others white bread to eat for a week, before switching them.

Different types of bread may have different effects on the welfare of human being. They were then given a two-week break before the two groups' diets were reversed. Each volunteer spent a week eating white bread and a separate week eating artisanal sourdough-leavened whole wheat bread.

They believe this is down to the individual's glycaemic responses - which measures the effect a food or meal has on blood sugar (glucose) levels after consumption and is dependent on the blend of microbes found in the gut. However, a new study found no overall benefit at the community level of one type of bread over another.

"The findings for this study are not only fascinating but potentially very important, because they point toward a new paradigm: different people react differently, even to the same foods", said Weizmann Institute researcher and senior author Eran Elinav in a statement. Determining whether you are a white or brown bread person would involve an indepth analysis of all the bacteria and viruses in your body - your microbiome - by a scientist.

Turns out, there wasn't much of a difference between the two breads - some people didn't even have a bad glycemic response to white bread.

"Epidemiological research has shown that people who eat more whole grains, such as whole grain breads, crackers, cereals, brown rice and quinoa, have a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, obesity and certain cancers", Heller noted. "These findings could lead to a more rational approach for telling people which foods are a better fit for them, based on their microbiomes", stated Segal.

The researchers theorized that differences in the gut microbiome (the natural bacteria living in a person's intestine) may explain why people respond differently to different breads.

Over the past few years it's become popular to banish white bread to the list of blacklisted, unhealthy foods.

"To date, the nutritional values assigned to food have been based on minimal science, and one-size-fits-all diets have failed miserably", said co-author Dr Eran Elinav. The researchers were searching for the glycemic response after eating wheat or white bread. They lost the interest of eating anything else beginning the night before and two hours after eating the bread. However, on taking a further look at the results, the team found that there were differences in the way individuals responded to the different breads.


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