When people are trying to reevaluate their diets, one of the first things that comes under attack is carb-heavy food like bread. While it’s true that overly processed plain white bread can be more harmful than beneficial, other types of bread are worth a second look. Chiefly among them is rye.
Rye bread has a surprising number of health benefits. So much so, that this alternative bakery product has recently gained a lot of positive attention from doctors and nutritionists.
Here are some of those amazing health benefits…
Low Glycemic Index
When you consume starchy foods, your body defaults to converting the starches directly into glucose. For the most part your body is equipped to handle a certain amount of glucose without any ill effects, but if you have diabetes, glucose becomes a huge issue.
Foods with a low glycemic index contain starches that do not produce as much glucose in your system, and therefore do not cause insulin spikes or other issues which are potentially dangerous for diabetics. Rye bread has a lower glycemic index than any other bread products, making it a welcome (and tasty) addition to the diets of those watching their glucose levels.
High in Fiber
You already know that high fiber foods can help aid digestive health, but the fiber found in rye bread goes above and beyond the benefits we are accustomed to. For starters, it bonds very well with water molecules, which means that you will feel fuller as the fiber literally expands to fill your stomach.
And what’s more, rye’s fiber is considered a probiotic as it specifically promotes the growth of beneficial intestinal flora. This goes beyond the usual benefits of “roughage,” since it offers a more comprehensive form of digestive health.
Reduces the Risk of Gallstones
Anyone who has ever suffered from gallstones can attest to the fact that they are painful, unpleasant, and to be avoided at all costs. This is why nutritionists recommend rye bread for those who are prone to (or at risk of) developing gallstones. The fiber found in rye bread can help to reduce the production of certain bile acids that lead to gallstone formation.
Aids in Weight Loss
Diabetics are not the only ones who should be aware of the significance of the glycemic index. When food is too readily converted to glucose, the body cannot adequately process these extra sugars, and they are converted to (and stored as) fat cells instead. Conversely, the lower glycemic index of rye bread can help people who are looking to lose weight; it works with their body rather than against it.
Furthermore, the preliminary results of some studies currently underway seem to suggest that people who eat rye over wheat or other grains tend to have lower body fat percentages.
One of the reasons why bleached white flour is considered unhealthy is because it lacks many of the nutrients found in whole grains (such as rye). Rye bread, however, is rich in the following: manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, complex carbohydrates, and protein.
If you’re trying to make some changes to your diet that will benefit your health, a very easy place to start might be switching your white bread for rye. See the difference for yourself in how you look and feel.