PANtastic snack

On its own, slathered in butter, under beans, bread is a staple food of the human diet, because of its convenience, portability, nutrition, and taste. 

We can’t deny the fact that we are consuming it regularly in our daily living. Early in the morning, there is a cup of tea and a slice of bread, but sometimes one slice is not enough. We tend to add for more because we find it yummy!

There are many different types of bread, such as whole grain, sweet breads, and corn breads, leavened and unleavened breads. Carbohydrates provide the body with fuel. Bread mostly consists of carbohydrates. But in the other side of the coin, a high intake of a simple carbohydrates can lead to weight gain and a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other lifestyle related chronic conditions. Thus, we have to take control of consuming breads.

On the other hand, there are bread that are not very nutritious and the protein in them are not much of use. It contain sugar, which is bad for you. They also contain anti nutrients that block the absorption of minerals like calcium, iron, and zinc. There is no nutrient in bread that you cannot get from other foods in even greater amounts that most breads are made of gluten grains. Gluten causes an immune response in the digestive of susceptible individuals. This can cause digestive issues, pain, bloating, tiredness, and other symptoms. However, gluten- free breads and non-wheat breads are suitable for people with an allergy. It is true that whole grain bread are better for you than the breads made with refined grain. They contain more nutrients and fiber.

It does not matter if bread have pros and cons, the essence of this is to be aware of its ingredients, how many bread we are allowed to intake, literary in every single day. Yes, we cannot abstain from consuming bread especially at school where there are a lot of varieties offered at the canteen, but all we can do is to avoid eating excessively that passes the finish line of our health. But still, we can eat our favorite breakfast in the morning, lunch in the noon, and maybe dinner at night, by taking it moderately.

By: Jalaine SH. Salic