How Eating Bread Affects Your Skin

June 8th, 2011


We’ve all had that occasional buttered roll with the holiday meal, but what impact does over-consumption of bread have on your skin. For starters,white and other heavily processed bread are especially loaded with sugar, additives and carbohydrates. Foods heavy in refined sugar are generally responsible for the onset of loathed acne breakouts in teenage and adult skin. If you spin the globe to places like Papua New Guinea where teenagers eat far less refined foods laden with sugar, acne is practically non-existent.

Those tasty carbohydrates in white bread load you up with empty calories that have you running back to the kitchen for a second helping. Because your body can’t tell the difference between a slice of cake and bread, starchy foods that spike your blood sugar levels, our insulin production go haywire trying to process all that glucose. When our bodies’ insulin increases so does sebum, that heavy oil that coats our skin and clogs pores leading to acne. While bread has a long standing reputation as a kind of comfort food, the Health and Science Institute suggests it is best to avoid foods like white bread that have a high glycemic index (GI) that induce insulin production and makes you crave carbohydrates. Should you choose bread as part of your diet, it is best to opt for whole grain breads high in fiber with a low GI that reduce blood sugar levels and carbohydrate cravings.

For those of you who thought wheat was the healthy substitute for white bread there are a couple of things you should know about the posturing wheat has been up to. Wheat, an ingredient found in some bread, is in the top 7 of food allergens that causes flare-ups of rashes and puffiness of the skin. The opioids in wheat products induce a narcotic-like haze that has you on the way to bread addiction with the first sandwich. This is because, believe or not, wheat has the same amino-acid structure found in narcotic drugs. So if you’re hoping to cut down on skin irritations associated with bread consumption, wheat bread is also one to avoid if your goal is healthy skin and diet.

Not only does bread affect the tone, texture and general health of your skin it also leads to sluggish mood and an inability to focus. The sugar levels in white and processed foods can also be detrimental for people suffering with diabetes. A diet of excess bread can actually put you on the path to type 2 diabetes if you’re not careful. Whole grain breads light on sugar, additives and carbohydrates are a better choice for your overall well being.

Rye, Ezekiel, multigrain, and amaranth breads are healthier choices for your next Panini lunch. You can also have a wrap made with soft corn tortilla. Corn tortilla is lightly processed in a way that it is enriched with calcium which, as your mama will tell you promotes strong bones. Breadfruit is another option, found in tropical climates Malaysia and the West Indies, it is an amazing fruit for its nutrients and its resemblance to bread.

If you are already headed for the wagon with bread addiction there are few natural supplements that can help reduce your cravings. A glutamine mineral supplement can decrease desire for carbohydrates while a chromium mineral supplement can stabilize your blood sugar levels. There is also the popular Five Flower Formula, a rescue remedy found at your local health food store that detoxifies the body while it shakes the bread munchies. Shifting your diet by eating less bread will find you more energized with acne-free skin you can brag about. Now you can toast to that!