Guess what? Bread’ll (probably) kill you

It was a few years ago that I first heard an adage that has long been around in some circles; “The whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead.”

Like most Americans I have a weakness for bread. I like pizza. And I like beer. (Liquid bread.) But over the past few years I have sought to limit both. (I still ingest too many grains.) As such I am leaner than I was 10 years ago, and generally I feel better.

In my very limited experience the more I focus on eating meat and veggies, and the more I avoid bread, the better I feel. That’s just me, but many other people experience the same thing.

Of course you could always listen to what the government has to say on the subject and load up on grains and corn.

(From The New York Times)

High carbohydrate intake is associated with a higher risk of mortality, and high fat intake with a lower risk, researchers report.

An international team of scientists studied diet and mortality in 135,335 people between 35 and 70 years old in 18 countries, following them for an average of more than seven years. Diet information depended on self-reports, and the scientists controlled for factors including age, sex, smoking, physical activity and body mass index. The studyis in The Lancet.

Compared with people who ate the lowest 20 percent of carbohydrates, those who ate the highest 20 percent had a 28 percent increased risk of death. But high carbohydrate intake was not associated with cardiovascular death.

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