Is white bread actually GOOD for us? Study finds it boosts 'good' bacteria in the gut, helping prevent disease
When certain populations of gut bacteria drop, diseases can develop
White bread was found to boost Lactobacillus, a group of beneficial bacteria
This means it can help fight off disease and ill health, say researchers
We're always being told that white bread is unhealthy and we should stick to wholemeal. But new research suggests it could actually be a healthy option. A study found it significantly boosts the number of ‘good’ microbes in the stomach, warding off disease and leading to better health. The finding could mean the much-maligned white loaf regains some of its popularity after being banished to the back of the supermarket shelf.
In a surprising twist in the white bread story, scientists found it encourages the growth ‘good’ gut bacteria. White bread boosted Lactobacillus, a group of beneficial bacteria.
To date, wholegrain foods have been linked to increased ‘good’ bacteria levels, because of their high fibre content. However, the latest study found consumption of often undervalued refined grains – such as in white bread and white rice – could also boost the level of health-giving microbes.
According to the Government’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS), bread provides more than 10% of our daily intake of protein, folate and iron, and around 20% or more of fibre, calcium and magnesium and smaller proportions of other vitamins and minerals.
Diets which cut out dairy food could be a "ticking time bomb" for young people's bone health, a charity is warning. A National Osteoporosis Society survey found a fifth of under-25s are cutting out or reducing dairy in their diet. It said it was concerned many young adults were putting their health at risk by following eating fads.
Cutting out dairy can be healthy if enough calcium is consumed from other sources, a great way to restore calcium and minerals into your body is to eat white bread.
(Information taken from May 2017 figures posted in Daily Mail and BBC news online articles.)