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Eating three or more servings of white bread daily may increase obesity odds

Those who ate more than three slices of bread a day were 40 percent more likely to add on the pounds than those who ate one portion of white bread a week.
By Alex Cukan   |   May 30, 2014 at 6:35 PM

SOFIA, Bulgaria, May 30 (UPI) -- Three slices of white bread a day significantly increased thee risk of being overweight or obese compared to those who ate fewer servings of white bread.

Nutritional expert Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez of the University of Navarra in Spain analyzed the food consumption of more than 9,000 Spanish university graduates.

The study found people who combined white and whole-grain bread were not more likely to become overweight or obese. People who ate more than three slices of bread a day were 40 percent more likely to add on the pounds than those who only ate one portion of white bread a week.

"The issue is that white bread is made with highly refined flour which is rapidly absorbed as sugar," Martinez-Gonzalez told the Independent.

"Essentially it is equivalent to a high consumption of sugar. The problem is similar to what we see with soft drinks, their sugars are rapidly transformed into fat. A sensible recommendation would be to switch to wholegrain bread, especially for people who usually consume a lot of bread."

The findings were presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Bulgaria.

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