If you experience bloating or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and have mentioned this to people, it is likely that you will have heard the advice to cut bread out of your diet. The reasoning behind it, for some, is that they believe our bodies are not made to eat food that comes from after the agricultural revolution, which happened around 10,000 years ago, a mere blink in terms of human evolution. Logically, however, that reasoning is wrong. After all, if you believe anything from after the agricultural revolution is bad for us, you will have to cut out a lot more from your diet than just bread. Nevertheless, this concept is known as the Paleo Diet.
In a nutshell, the Paleo diet is based on the notion that for optimal health, modern humans should go back to eating real, whole unprocessed foods that are more healthful than harmful to our bodies.
Other people say you should cut bread from your diet because it makes you feel gassy and bloated. While this may be true, and you may have noticed the bloating yourself, nobody seems to be able to explain why bread makes you feel that way. But everybody does seem to agree that if you toast the bread, whatever bloating agent it contains is removed. Some believe that this has come out of the recent surge in the number of people who have Celiac Disease.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.
However, if you have Celiac disease, there is again a whole lot more that you cannot eat. So this can’t be it either. So is not eating bread just an old wives’ tale, or is there some scientific reason as to why eating bread is bad for you?
It’s All About the Grains
It is certainly true that bread makes you feel bloated, particularly if you eat white bread and other heavily processed grains. The biggest problem, however, is that eating this type of bread makes you want to eat more of it. On the other hand, eating wholegrain bread can actually be part of a weight loss strategy. So, bread can be bad, but it can also be good. The key is to stay away from white bread, white rice and other heavily processed foods. Nibbling on a carrot stick would always be better.
Bread and Feeling Bloated
So how come people often complain about feeling bloated if they eat bread? Is it true that the only good diet is the Paleo Diet? Or perhaps we all suffer from Celiac disease to some extent? Indeed, there is now a condition known as Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.
Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) has similar symptoms to celiac disease, but does not appear to involve the immune system or damage the lining of the gut. Crucially though, the symptoms go away if the patients avoid foods containing gluten.
However, many medical professionals do not believe NCGS exists. Additionally, they warn that cutting gluten out of your diet completely is not good for you. Finally, most people seem to have an issue with bread in particular, not just gluten. What the scientific community suggests is actually happening is what is known as a carbohydrate trigger.
The common refrain is that people feel fine after breakfast, but the bloating starts up soon after. Within an hour of lunch, the stomach distends to the point where pants need to be unbuttoned, and it remains this way for the rest of the day.
The reason why people, therefore, attribute bloating to bread is because so many people eat bread for breakfast. Try lowering your carbohydrates and change your bread to wholegrain. Hopefully, this should solve your bloating problems.
Remember to share this article with all the people you know suffer from bloating and inflammation, so that they can find a solution to their problem without having to cut out many healthy foods from their diet.
Together we can make this world a happier, healthier world!