Are You Addicted To Bread?

Because of its taste, texture, and carbohydrate content, bread is such a satisfying food that many people find it hard to live without. There is nothing better than eating a loaf of bread, especially if it is fresh and warm. When you eat bread, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that makes you want to eat more and more.

No wonder dieters are warned against eating bread, especially white bread. White bread is made from refined white flour and, while it tastes good, it obviously doesn’t help us tone our bodies.

Could you be addicted to bread? Ask yourself the following questions.

* Do you crave bread products more than other foods?

* Do you crave bread, pastries, cakes, or cookies?

* Do you often continue to eat bread, even when you are full?

* Can you rest after eating bread products?

* Do you crave bread immediately after a meal?

If any of these sound familiar, you may be addicted to bread. Surprisingly, about 75% of overweight people have an addiction to bread and other carbohydrate foods.

OK… You may be addicted to bread. Why is bread so tempting and addictive? Bread is made from grains. It contains healthy dietary fiber. It is not made up of carbohydrates alone. Why do so many people become addicted to it when it is made from natural ingredients?

One answer is that, at least in North American and European societies, we have grown up eating bread. It is served at almost every meal and is undoubtedly a comfort food. Toast, scones, sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs, brioche. And then, of course, there are the pastries, croissants, muffins, cakes, and doughnuts overloaded with carbohydrates.

Everyone has their own concept of bread. Some people accept it, others don’t. Sometimes we eat toast for breakfast and that’s it. But when you eat cakes, muffins, and donuts all morning, a hamburger at lunch, a cookie or two at night, and even a snack to quench your thirst before bed, you’re sick! You’ve probably eaten more than you should and your clothes no longer fit.

If you think about your next snack or meal often, you are addicted. Bread can be quite addictive, like a drug. The problem is that your body produces insulin when you eat bread. If you eat too much bread, your body produces too much insulin. This “hunger hormone” increases your appetite. Another problem is that the brain needs about 20 minutes to recognize that you are full, so you overeat during the last 20 minutes of the day.

Over time, insulin resistance can develop and the body can no longer produce insulin. This is abnormal and can lead to glucose, which normally feeds the internal organs, staying in the bloodstream, causing problems in some parts of the body and leading to type 2 diabetes.

High blood sugar levels also lead to feelings of hunger and therefore cravings for carbohydrate-rich foods, especially bread. More bread = more insulin. More insulin = more insulin in the blood = more cravings for carbohydrate foods. It’s an unhealthy cycle!

Add to that the sense of security that food gives us, and it’s no wonder we’re prone to bread addiction. What happens when someone is bored, depressed, angry, lonely, or sad? They eat! It’s usually because they crave carbohydrate-rich comfort food. It’s because they want to feel good and think that eating comfort food (which is mostly bread) will help them do that. Maybe it does… But it only lasts for a while. It’s a form of self-medication, just like taking aspirin for a headache. It’s only for a while, then you have to take more aspirin. In the same way, bread can lead to overeating, because it offers a simple but temporary solution.

Whole grain bread, multigrain bread, and rye bread are not addictive for most people. When white bread (or even cakes) is eaten, it is broken down into sugar in the body, causing blood sugar levels to rise. This rapid digestion, followed by a rapid drop in blood sugar levels, leads to cravings and the urge to eat more carbohydrates.

For those who love bread, it won’t be easy to kick the habit. However, it is very important to give up this habit for the sake of your health. You don’t have to give up bread completely. Of course, you don’t have to. But instead of white bread, eat wholemeal, multigrain bread for health. And it doesn’t just depend on the bread, but also on what you put on it. Instead of butter or margarine, you can use olive oil. It’s healthy and has much less fat than the other two options. Look for jams with less sugar or skip the sugar altogether and use maltitol instead.

Try to limit the amount of bread you eat each day. Instead of making two sandwiches, try making one with the same amount of ingredients as the other two, but with less bread. Gradually, your body will get used to it and become healthier. Most importantly, you will break your addiction to bread and be able to control what you eat without it controlling you.