Is White Bread Good for You?

Is White Bread Good for You?
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Is eating refined grains, white potatoes, and iceberg lettuce better than nothing?

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Let’s say you get a typical dinner roll when you’re at a restaurant. Should you eat it? Look, it’s free, and has eight essential nutrients. Is it better than nothing? No. It’s not nutritionally worth it, and I’ll show you why in a second.

We should strive to eat whole foods. There’s really only one common whole plant food that isn’t worth it, and I’ll give you a hint: it’s either iceberg lettuce or white potatoes. Do you think iceberg lettuce is better than nothing? Or is it the potatoes that are worth eating?

Iceberg lettuce is one of the least nutritious vegetables. So, if you have a choice, always choose a healthier salad green, but it is still better than nothing. I recommend, however, you pass on the potatoes.

This year, in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, eating non-fried white potatoes was associated with a 50% increased risk of kidney cancer. Same with eating white bread—50% increased risk of cancer. That’s why the dinner roll isn’t worth it, either.

To put it into context, though, meat, in this study, was associated with a 400% increased risk. Which food cut the risk in half, though? Dark green leafy vegetables.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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Let’s say you get a typical dinner roll when you’re at a restaurant. Should you eat it? Look, it’s free, and has eight essential nutrients. Is it better than nothing? No. It’s not nutritionally worth it, and I’ll show you why in a second.

We should strive to eat whole foods. There’s really only one common whole plant food that isn’t worth it, and I’ll give you a hint: it’s either iceberg lettuce or white potatoes. Do you think iceberg lettuce is better than nothing? Or is it the potatoes that are worth eating?

Iceberg lettuce is one of the least nutritious vegetables. So, if you have a choice, always choose a healthier salad green, but it is still better than nothing. I recommend, however, you pass on the potatoes.

This year, in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, eating non-fried white potatoes was associated with a 50% increased risk of kidney cancer. Same with eating white bread—50% increased risk of cancer. That’s why the dinner roll isn’t worth it, either.

To put it into context, though, meat, in this study, was associated with a 400% increased risk. Which food cut the risk in half, though? Dark green leafy vegetables.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Images thanks to aesop via Flickr.

Doctor's Note

Check out these videos on refined grains:
If Fructose is Bad, What About Fruit?
Constructing a Cognitive Portfolio
Prostate vs. Plants

For more context, see my associated blog post:  Plant-Based Diets for Metabolic Syndrome.

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