Bread is not such a dreadful thing. It’s what you put on it, such as butter, cream cheese, or margarine that is actually fattening, but never the bread itself. We’ll say this again and again - fat makes us fat. Think about this - one gram of carbohydrate contains four calories, one gram of protein has four, and a gram of fat equals nine calories. Looking at this, which of these is actually fattening?
Bread is one great source of complex carbohydrates and fiber; therefore, it is good for people who are watching their diets. In a study made by Norwegianscientist Dr. Bjarne Jacobsen, he found that people who eat less than two slices of bread everyday weigh just about 11 pounds more that those who consume lots of bread.
Several studies at Michigan State University show that there aresome types of bread that can actually repress the appetite. Researchers made a comparative study between white bread and dark, high-fiber bread and found that those who ate 12 slices of the dark, high-fiber bread daily felt lesser hunger pangs on a day-to-day basis and, in fact lost five pounds in a span of two months. Others who consumed white bread felt hungrier, ate more of the fattening foods and did not lose weight during this period.
So the secret is in eating dark, rich, high-fiber breads like whole wheat, pumpernickel, oatmeal, mixed grain, and the like. An average slice of whole grain bread only has 60 to 70 calories and has high complex carbohydrate content - which is the best, most constant fuel you can provide your body.