As I said in Part 1 of what I learned in 2009, I had a post planned for carbs. Then I started rambling, and like most of them, it got out of hand. Quickly. I wrote this part about bread first, and by the time I got done, I realized it was a full length post itself. Gosh, I am sooooo good at things!
Ok, so what IS my deal against bread? I don’t like it for any reason other than trying to gain weight or every once in a while when you’re just maintaining. Nutritionally speaking, bread is fine as long as you eat it within your dietary plan guidelines and take heed to the things I mention below. As you’re reading, keep in mind that these things are just food for thought so that you can form your own conclusion. This is not meant to be scientific by any means. Ok, go!
1) It’s a processed food and marketers are good at their jobs. Buyer beware.
– You take some flour, mix it with some other stuff (that may or may not be good for you), bake it, and call it done.
If only it were that simple. Food companies have amazing marketing skillz. On the front of the bag you’ll see “100% whole wheat”, and think to yourself, “Oh, great; it’s healthy.” Then you buy it, trot home, and make 8 peanut butter and jelly sammiches (excellent idea by the way). But did you look closely enough? Check out the actual ingredients listed. Do you see the words bleached, enriched, or high fructose corn syrup anywhere? Wait, high fructose corn syrup?! In bread?! GTFOH!!!! (Get The F*ck Outta Here, for those of you that…whatever, you know, I’ve done this a million times.) Yup, the shit’s so cheap they put it in everything…including bread.
So, the only time I actually trust that I’m getting good bread is when I, personally, buy the 100% stone ground flour, mix everything together, and bake it at my house. That, my friends, is a dirty lie. I’ve never baked bread. But if I were going to, that’s exactly what I would do.
1b) [Opinion] Our digestive systems haven’t adapted to our Western Civilization diet yet.
– Whichever half-man/half-gorilla we evolved from, they’ve been around for a-bajillion years. Western culture has been around for, what, 300? And all of a sudden we have adapted in record time? (Historically speaking) Doubt it.
I realize that for every study that I could present that says our digestive system has not yet adapted, some of you could probably find a study that says “stfu, bread is fine”. And that’s cool. I just know that I’ve read enough to convince myself that bread should be avoided…along with a plethora of other foods.
2) It’s not a “one-word” food.
– Again, look at that long list of ingredients. Shit, there’s even words on the label that you can’t pronounce or know why they’re on there!
If you’re dieting to lose weight, my rule of thumb is to stick to foods that are one word long. In the case for carbs, those choices could be: sweet potato (yeah, yeah, that’s two words; shoot me), oatmeal, rice, quinoa, couscous, veggies, pancakes (ya’rly!), fresh or frozen fruit,…..all that shiz. You know exactly what you’re getting and where it came from. Not only that, but you can eat quite a bit of it (voluminarily speaking) while staying within your caloric restrictions. Presumably, when trying to lose weight, hunger is a huge issue. So, you can either eat a ton of veggies or 1 piece of bread. Which one do you think will leave you more satiated (no, that’s not a goofy mispelling of “satisfied”)?
– I’ve never heard of an e coli breakout from bread like there has been with veggies, but let’s look at the handling processes.
In the case for fruits and veggies: They are harvested, shipped, packaged, and shipped. There may be an intermediate cleaning step in there somewhere, but I doubt it. That’s why they always tell you to wash that shiz before you eat it.
I’m not a processing expert, but the bread process could look like this: harvested, shipped, shelled, ground, packaged, shipped, made into bread, packaged, and shipped. I know there are health regulations at each of those steps to insure public safety, but I don’t like the idea of my food being handled that much.
“So why is it ok if you’re trying to gain weight, then?”
Ok, it’s not that there’s anything inherently bad about bread. It has been around since the beginning of time (damn near). I just don’t prefer it. The key concept for gaining weight is that you have to eat more calories than you burn throughout the day. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to eat 3500-4000 calories of “clean”, one-worded foods, but it is damn near f*cking impossible. I was in digestive, force feeding hell when I tried it. So if you need carbs and you need calories, bread is a great choice. You’re already stuffing your face all day long and are NEVER hungry, so why pick something that is going to fill you up even more? A 1/2 cup of oatmeal is 27g of carbs, where 1 piece of bread (depending on the brand) has 19. Now, when you’re already feeling fat, stuffed, and bloated, would you rather eat a 1/2 cup of oatmeal, or nice, small one-and-a-half pieces of bread for the same amount of calories and grams of carbs? If I ever decide to do a dedicated bulking cycle again, I will be doing it much differently, bread included (along with ice cream and pizza. Ya’rly!).
Which brings me to my last point: always pull out. Oh wait, wait, wait, wait. That’s part of a different post. My bad. My last point is that I’m not 100% super no bread Nazi all the time. It’s not like you’re going to eat 1 slice of garlic bread and be diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, high cholesterol, and a heart condition. There’s always a balance, and whilst I’m pretty much in dieting maintenance mode, I have been known to eat some frozen pizzas and go out to dinner from time to time. The difference is, I do that about once a week, not once every meal. During the week if I’m not hanging out with anyone, I’m definitely that 100% No Bread Nazi.
So there you have it. As promised, my reasoning for the bannination of bread from fatloss diets is not scientific. Well, actually it is, I just didn’t site any sources or provide any links. Do your own damn searching, you lazy bastards. But, if you want to get all sciency about it, there are ways to lower the glycemic index of bread by simply freezing it and then toasting it (yes I did just reference a T-nation article, but that’s ok because the interview is with Dr. Lonnie Lowery; apparently he knows his shit). But again, I choose sweet potatoes and brown rice.
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I would recommend a book called the Paleodiet. The guy is a nutritionist and anthropologist. If you have not read it, he backs up a lot of what you are saying with science. His reasoning is that grains are starvation food, thus when you eat them, you trigger your body to start preparing for starvation. He also goes on to say that there is zero reason to eat dairy because on the same lines, we have not had enough time to adapt evolutionarily to this. It has only been 10,000 years since the agricultural revolution, which in evolution terms, is a mere fraction of time and not enough time to change something like a genetic makeup to be able to process dairy. There is a reason our bodies are not designed to breakdown and process milk beyond the age of 3. Tell that to a farmer and see what they say. Ha.
1. “Always pull out.” Best advice you ever gave. Hands down.
2. You are two posts away from turning Mercola…or wait, is that who you’ve been reading?
I assume you have no qualms with red meat? A very Paleo food as you had to kill the damn thing before gorging yourself. Why is the meat good while milk, which comes from the same cow, is not OK?
I got switched on to this “Paleo / Neanderthal / Hunter-Gatherer” kind of nutritional thinking after picking up some of Bill Maher’s opinions on Real Time last year…after doing some of my own research and self-experiments…I have to say I agree with your conclusion to drop bread as a carb choice…and focus on the 100% natural direct from the earth choices…I have even experimented with eating no grains at all…and having all of my carbs come from fruit & vegetables…if I am in a maintenance mode and not goin crazy wild at the gym; this really seems to work best for me…although for intense training fuel…with large muscle gains as a primary goal…I would agree with you that’s it’s hard as hell to ingest enough calories from this kind of Neanderthal diet.
FYI to other readers…if you don’t want to shell out any money on books to do your research…just type in “Paleo Diet” at wikipedia.org; and there’s a ton of solid info there…which definitely backs Dave’s own thinking and research.
Word to your mother (and tell her I say hi too). I’ve read a lot of it, and actually follow a modified/relaxed Paleo diet. I agree with the Milk comment too. I’m slowly weening myself off. Unsweetened, vanilla almond milk has been my savior.
The other deal with milk, if you want to look at it from a nature point of view is that humans are the only species that still drink milk beyond childhood, as you mentioned. Which explains why so many adults are so lactose intolerant. We don’t produce the proper enzymes to digest it.
And last, but not least, some studies show that milk is inflammatory, cause cardiorespiratory illness, and may raise estrogen levels. Though, I’m still on the fence on all of those. I need to do do more research on those specific items.
Damnit, I should have just made that a post!
Mercola is kinda goofy the way he presents his stuff, but he does fall right in line with what Troy, Justin, and I have said. I think I know your thoughts on dieting, but I don’t think you can say that a Paleo diet is bad.
As for your meat/milk comment, I’ve already stated how I feel about milk, but to go along with your argument, I would say that the milk is just as tainted as the beef. I’ve already got the post written up about that. Should be coming out in the next couple of weeks.
Awesome comment. I should have you write the helpful part of posts rather than them just being me chastizing everyone. Hahaha! Thanks for mentioning Wiki to get people started.
Here’s some more info on milk. It’s a bunch of opinions from a bunch of reputable people in the industry:
Um yeah, I don’t think I’ll be eating bread or drinking milk for a while. I looked up info on both and found out (if you can believe it) you’re right. I’m really liking your nutritional info. Very enlightening.
Don’t get too excited yet, I’m about to flip a 180 pretty soon. 😉
Hi,, my name is Devy and I am Bread-aholic.
Ummmm,, that’s all I can say about bread. I don’t drink and I don’t smoke because I simply don’t like them. But throw bread at me and I’ll be powerless. No matter what information I’ve read about the evil side of bread,, I’m still not strong enough to overcome my addiction. Even if finally one day they found scientific evidence that bread can cause World War III,, I don’t think it will stop me from eating it 😀 I’ve tried ‘everything in moderation’ but it didn’t work well. Maybe I have to go cold turkey. They said if I can avoid it for21 days or more,, the addiction will decrease. Now,, I just need the right motivation to do this,, hahahahaha..
Sorry for venting..
PS: English isn’t my 1st language