For the longest time, many people believe that eating bread could lead to weight gain. But nutritionists are now debunking this notion, saying that bread won’t necessarily add a few pounds to your weight.
Insider recently spoke with the experts to find out if bread is really fattening. And they clarified that people do not really need to cut back on bread if they are working on shedding pounds.
“People have demonized carbs as one of the main things behind gaining weight when that’s not proven by evidence. It’s ‘calories in’ versus ‘calories out’ [that] are going to determine whether you gain or lose weight,” nutrition coach Graeme Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson recently took to social media to explain that eating a humble slice of bread won’t really lead to weight gain. But the toppings on the bread, such as butter, peanut butter, or jam, could be the ones affecting a person’s weight.
According to “The Fitness Chef” author, the toppings are typically calorie-dense, so they usually have double or quadruple the calories compared to the bread itself.
“When trying to reduce or maintain body weight, many continue to assume that bread must be abolished from their diet,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Standing alone, bread is merely one calorie variable. Using the examples shown in my graphic, there can be multiple additional calorie variables. The quantity of additional variables will influence the overall calorie value of that eating episode. Bread may not be the problem after all,” Tomlinson captioned an image showing a side-by-side comparison of plain bread and a slice with peanut butter and jelly on top.
Registered dietitian nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix also relayed a similar message. She said that it’s no really the carbs that’s causing many people to gain weight, but it’s the things that come with these carbs. Condiments and spread make a big difference in the number of calories a person consumes per meal.
Taub-Dix even pointed out that carbs such as bread can actually be a good tool for weight loss if they can help one minimize snacking later in the day. The key is to establish a nutritionally balanced meal by combining carbs with healthy fat and protein.
“That combination is satisfying for your body but also for your mouth and your mind,” she said.