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does any one know if bread contains carbohydrates. Searching for help for a while now?
(March 7, 2011)

Carbohydrates In Bread

Carbohydrates in bread that you eat are converted by the body into glucose, a basic fuel that the cells in the body need to perform their functions. Found in a wide variety of foods, from fruits to dried beans and whole grains, carbohydrates are classified as sugars, starches, and fiber. Simple carbohydrates are found in sugars, white bread, corn syrup, among other foods, while the starch in potatoes or oats is called a complex carbohydrate. Eating whole wheat bread is a better way of getting the carbohydrates in bread, because whole grain flour used to make the bread has a lot of important nutrients besides complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber.

Bread carbohydrates vary depending on the type of flour used to make the bread.

Different types of grains such as a rye, wheat, oats or corn may be ground into flour and used to bake breads. The biological composition of the carbs gets altered on processing. Whole wheat flour loses most of its nutrients when it is refined to make white bread, and hence, white bread nutrition is a lot less and it gets digested very fast. Carbohydrates in bread made with whole wheat flour are preferable because these complex carbohydrates take longer to be digested by the body, ensuring that a person feels satiated for a longer period of time.

Bread carbs from slices of rye, brown, and whole meal breads are lower than those from croissants, dinner rolls, and white bread slices, all made from refined wheat flour. Weight watchers and diabetics who need to keep track of how many carbs in bread they consume would do well to choose whole meal, wholegrain carbs as the fiber in them fills up the stomach, ensuring that the quantity of food consumed is limited. Not only that, the fiber in the whole meal bread, which adds to the carbohydrate content, has other benefits too. The soluble part of the fiber helps mop up bad cholesterol and toxins from the intestine and eliminates them. Insoluble fiber or roughage in carbohydrates in bread made from whole grains, aids in pushing food along the digestive tract and prevents constipation.  

The more fiber there is in a food, the less is the amount of carbohydrate digested from the food.  For those in search of complex carbohydrate bread recipes, granary bread, brown bread, pita bread, and bagels are varieties to choose from. Low carbohydrate breads, made from flax seed, oat flour, and wheat gluten or with pecan flour are another option. While bread is high in carbohydrates, it is important to know that the carbohydrates in bread are far more beneficial to the body than those in candies, sodas, cakes, and sweets, especially for those in the battle of the bulge and for diabetics trying to lose weight. Therefore, if you have to, it makes sense to opt for brown bread instead of white. This is because the calories in brown bread are absorbed slowly because of the high levels of fiber. The number of calories in high fiber food is just as many, but the fiber tends to fill your stomach more quickly as compared to white bread. 
Submitted by S M on March 7, 2011 at 11:44


Carbohydrates in Bread

Carbohydrates in bread include sugar and starch. Complex carbohydrates help in bowel movements and are made of three or more linked sugars. Soluble fibre helps in decreasing the low density lipoproteins. An ounce of bagel is equivalent to a slice of bread which has 15 grams of carbohydrates. Bread with low carbohydrate content is under research. Refined carbohydrates are seen in white toast, French bread and breadstick, which are replaced by oats porridge, wholemeal bread and dark rye crisp bread. Whole grain rice, wholemeal bread, whole wheat pasta is unrefined carbohydrates. These contain the whole grain with the germ and the bran. They are rich in fibre contributing to increased satiety. White bread contains refined carbohydrates. The high fibre bits, namely germ and bran are removed from the grain. Sugary cereals, white rice, noodles and pasta are refined carbohydrates. About 47 to 50 per cent of the diet is made of cereal, bread and potatoes. Around 18 grams of fibre is recommended per day. Reduced carbohydrates help in loss of weight in the initial stages. Over a period of time, low carbohydrates result in increased weight loss than a low fat diet. Thirty grams of carbohydrates are seen in each slice of round pita breads.

Rye bread comprises of 15 grams of carbohydrates.

100 grams of Malt bread- 57 grams

A large slice of mixed grain bed- 15 grams

A large slice of Italian bread- 15 grams

100 grams of whole meal bread- 42 grams.
Submitted by E L on April 18, 2008 at 10:54


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