Each American eats about 53 pounds of bread a year
Each American eats about 53 pounds of bread a year. The hundreds of millions of bagels, tortillas, and croissants that Americans eat are nothing but refined white flour — stripped of nutrients and fiber and turned into a glucose-boosting, heart-clogging unhealthy choice. While some people may reach for packages with “whole grain” on the label, very few products are actually 100% whole grain.
A new study published in The BMJ shows that eating seven servings a day of refined grain, like those in croissants and white bread, is associated with a 27% greater risk for early death, 33% greater risk for heart disease and 47% greater risk for stroke.
It’s easy to eat more than seven servings! That equals a big bagel (around five to six servings in a 5- to 6-ounce bagel) at breakfast and two hearty slices of white bread on a sandwich at lunch. So opt for 100% whole grains.
Article and Image Credits: Should You Be Eating That White Bread? – The Dr. Oz Show (doctoroz.com)