Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Why Bread may Bloat

Why Bread may Bloat

The bread we eat today is not the same as what was eaten in our grand parents era. It’s different in 2 significant ways:

1. In the past couple of generations, the bread we eat has become lighter and fluffier in texture. This is due to the increased gluten content in the flour. Over the years, the wheat crops grown for

bread making have been bred to have higher gluten levels. This is because the gluten provides the elasticity and viscosity that we consumers like in our bread. Light and fluffy, not much substance, and increasingly difficult to digest. Gluten is a protein mix (of gliadins - glutenin). It’s a bit like wire mesh.

It binds things together, which gives the bread the qualities we want, but it has become more onerous on the digestive system to break down.

2. Additional to the change in gluten content, the way we bake our bread has changed. The dough used to be kneaded and left overnight to rise. That process allowed time for enzymes to start breaking down bonds in the bread and making it easier for you and me to digest. That does not happen now. A faster chemical process

has replaced the older slower method. The result – bread that needs a little more work by the digestive system. Furthermore, flour mills use different chemical bleaches – such as oxides of nitrogen, chlorine, chloride; nitrosyl and benzyl peroxides. Any residue that may be present could be an issue in the chemically sensitive person.

10 Tips on What to do ?

1. Try an Organic Sourdough Bread.

2. Strengthen the Upper Digestive System ie. a simple start is to have a little
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with honey in warm water first thing in the morning (and ideally with your meals).

3. Consider Gluten Free Diet. To assist you there are books that may help such as The Guide to a Gluten Free Diet by Dr. David Brownstein. This book may help you improve your health by eliminating gluten from your diet.

4. Re-educate your bowel by improving the muscle tone of the bowel which may help to relieve flatulence, bloating and digestive disturbance. Add in products that add fibre and probiotics may quickly and gently help

to relieve constipation.
5. Try changing your wheat bread to Spelt
6. Make your own bread, this will ensure that you have no nasty additives in your loaf, particularly 282 which is the mould inhibitor in bread.

7.  If you are making gluten free bread add some fibre into your loaf in the form of Amaranth, linseed or almond meal.  Gluten free flours are generally very high in GI and you need to reduce this so you are not exposed to Diabetes type conditions.

8.  There are increasingly more bread options on the market, however it is well advised to keep your bread intake to a minimum as we can particularly with children tend to make this product too much of a staple in their diet.  This can lead to obesity.  Ensure that they have some protein with their bread whether it be gluten free bread, rye, sourdough or normal wheat bread.  This will reduce hunger and the need to over eat bread.

9.  If you are still having difficulty with gluten free or wheat free breads you may need to get the breads tested with a bio compatibility test once again found at www.allergyfreemybody.com

10. Find a great choice of beautiful breads within the

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