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Bread Industry On The Rebound

You probably recall all the deserved bashing of bread in the media, much of it due to the rise of low-carb diets like the Atkins Diet and my own Total Health program. With revised governmental dietary guidelines touting its many "benefits" coming next month, however, bread may be making a comeback.

Various industry trade associations expect the government will recommend at least half of the six to 11 daily recommended servings of grain foods come from whole-grain foods. As a result, bread producers and industry associations are launching new lines of products and programs touting bread as a health food.

  • A line of high-fiber, whole grain breads by Sara Lee called "Heart Healthy Plus."
  • Whole wheat muffins introduced by Pepperidge Farms and Thomas' English Muffins.
  • General Mills debuting a "weight-loss" program incorporating many of its high-fiber, grain-based products.
  • The Grain Foods Foundation and other associations are spending millions to "repair the damage" done to bread over the past few years.

If you follow my site with any regularity, you know when corporations throw their attention and money at a perceived problem, 99 percent of the time it is driven solely by greed, certainly not any concern for your health. if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, chances are very good that excess carbohydrates -- from eating bread -- in your body are, in part or whole, to blame for these problems and many more:

  • Excess weight
  • Fatigue and frequent sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Brain fogginess
  • Bloating

Bread should not be considered a healthy or necessary part of your daily diet. In fact, I strongly encourage you to read more about the so-called "healthy" foods you must avoid, including wheat bread and orange juice.

Chicago Tribune December 25, 2004

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