Bread gets a bad rap. Unfairly so.
Fad diets proclaim the dangers of carbohydrates, banishing the bread basket to the corner to sulk. But the truth is, carbohydrates provide the body with the fuel it needs for normal organ function and physical activity. Of course, quantity and quality deserve consideration; some kinds of carbohydrates are far better than others. Grains intact from foods such as whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole oats, and lesser known gems such as quinoa and bulgur, contain B vitamins, Vitamin E, magnesium, iron and fiber to help reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Continue reading