Today's article will look at whether bread is beneficial for athletes. The content of the article:
- Bread composition
- Benefit and harm
- Necessity of use
Before you start talking about the benefits and harms of bread in bodybuilding, you should find out what this product is and what nutrients it contains.
Since the basis of the product is flour, the bread also consists of 85% starch and 15% germ, as well as 14% of the shell. All nutrients are found in the embryo and shell. In addition, flour undergoes additional fortification, but vitamins of artificial origin are absorbed by the body worse.
According to the standards, some other substances are added to flour, the usefulness of which, in general, cannot be talked about. This is done in order to improve the baking qualities of flour.
In the past decade, the food industry has been using a large number of various food additives that can improve the consistency of products, increase shelf life, etc. This happens not only with flour, but also with other foods, such as milk or meat.
However, some of the additives used are toxic. Of course, the dosages of these substances may seem scanty, but many of them accumulate in the body.
The benefits and harms of bread
The fermentation process is widely used both in everyday life and in the food industry. The essence of this process is the decomposition of mainly carbohydrates into simple compounds using microorganisms and their secretions. The energy obtained during fermentation is used to feed the microorganisms that cause it.
Similar reactions occur in the human body, in which carbohydrates are broken down with the help of phosphoric acid. However, part of the energy was lost as a result of fermentation, and it is irretrievably lost for the body. The same happens in the production of bread.
In the manufacture of the dough, alcoholic and lactic acid fermentation is used thanks to yeast and bacteria. In addition, chemical leavening agents are also used. All this makes bread less energy intensive than whole grains. Already now we can say about the benefits and harms of bread in bodybuilding. From an energy point of view, there is certainly no benefit.
It should also be noted that substances obtained as a result of the breakdown of carbohydrates using only microorganisms can be toxic in almost any concentration. Thus, when eating bread, intestinal microflora is damaged. But a person begins to use bread at an early age, which in no way can have a positive effect on the gastrointestinal tract.
For a very long time, people have known the harm caused to the body by bread made with yeast dough. Some peoples used only unleavened food for food. It should be noted that all products that the food industry subjects to "improve" or refining, suck water out of the body. This is what causes the desire to wash down such products when consumed.
As a result, we get a vicious circle: we consume food, thirst appears, we quench it with drinking, wash off the digestive juices, there is a lack of nutrients. It can also cause colon dysfunction. Therefore, obesity appears, which now suffers from a huge number of the world's population. And again about the benefits and dangers of bread in bodybuilding. Of course, no positive qualities have yet been found.
But, in addition to all of the above, it should be added that if the bread did not contain B vitamins in its composition in sufficient quantities, then it simply would not be processed by the body. This can cause peptic ulcer disease, cirrhosis of the liver and other gastrointestinal diseases.
The need to eat bread
Now we are not talking about athletes, we will return to this below, but talk about ordinary people. Nobody calls for giving up bread. Basically, what to eat is every person's decision. But it is worth noting that bread is now produced according to old recipes, as well as special dietary varieties intended for people with metabolic disorders, diabetes, etc.
Bread and cereals contain a large amount of plant protein compounds. When using in food varieties of bread with bran, in addition to a large amount of vitamins and minerals, the body will also receive dietary fiber, which it needs so much. It will also help in the prevention of many diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
In the light of all of the above, mention should be made of grain breads, which are made from whole grains or cereals and do not contain flour. Also, they are not subjected to culinary processing, which allows you to preserve all the nutrients laid down in the grain by nature. It is this bread product that is able to satisfy human needs for microelements and vitamins. In addition, the fiber contained in plant fibers effectively removes various toxins from the body.
In this case, you should correctly combine bread with other products. For example, bread does not go well with meat, since a different environment is needed to process the substances that make up their composition. Starch, which is abundant in bread, is processed by the body in a neutral environment, while meat needs acidic starch. Also, do not combine bread with sugar, because this can lead to fermentation of food in the stomach.
And now you can return to the main question of the article - the benefits and harms of bread in bodybuilding. Of course, there are athletes who find it very difficult to give up eating bread. It was said above that it is better to use it for food. Also, it has already been mentioned about the small amount of energy inherent in ordinary breads. It is very important for athletes to replenish energy reserves, and for obvious reasons bread is not suitable for this purpose.
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Someone might say that this product contains carbohydrates, which are also necessary for athletes. It is difficult to argue with this, but there are other products that contain easily digestible carbohydrates, for example, cereals.