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I do not like my lunch

But it's all I have, and I did it to myself.

I dislike wheat bread.  No, that's not quite right.

I hate wheat bread.  It just tastes... nasty.

But everything I read says that white bread is nothing but sugar, and whole grains are better for you, and blah, blah, blah.  And the plain fact of the matter is that yes, I'm a sugar addict, and yes, I need to lose about 60 pounds.  Probably more at this point.  So - baby steps.  I asked Bob to get a loaf of wheat bread when the white ran out, and apparently that happened today, because the encasement for my sandwich is decidedly... brown.  And it TASTES brown.

But I'm going to eat it.  And I'm going to keep eating it until it stops tasting like cardboard and starts tasting like bread.  That will happen eventually.  Won't it?

But for now, I do not love it Sam I am, I do not love brown bread and ham.  (Okay, it's turkey.  But turkey doesn't rhyme.)



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Aug. 31st, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
I hate to burst your bubble, but most "wheat" bread is just white bread with carmel colouring added. It's still full of high fructose corn syrup and nothing redeemable.

The good news is that you don't have to eat brown bread now!
Aug. 31st, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
I personally love, love, love my bread machine. And the bread tastes yummy out of it and it is really simple to do. Cause I don't cook much anyway, and I too hate, hate, hate wheat bread. Don't get me going on the 12 grain cardboard that the BF likes. Yuck! But a simple white out the break maker, so worth it, not much sugar, and it is fresh. :)
Aug. 31st, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's that the bread actually CONTAINS too much sugar, it's that plain white flour is, in the body, essentially the same as sugar. (Simple starch gets converted into sugar in the body almost instantly.

That's why wheat is healthier. It's higher fibre (as long as it is REAL fibre and not fake 'added' fibre...inulin actually makes me sick) promotes good digestion and protects against colon cancer AND because it has fibre it doesn't spike your blood sugar levels the way white bread will, which is healthier all round and will often help to reduce appetite. (Blood sugar plunges after a spike cause people to eat eat eat.)
Aug. 31st, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
I hear ya
There is an ongoing debate in our house: I hate bread with seeds, nuts, or anything else that belongs in granola. Such is the life when sharing the house with a hippie from the Upper West Side...and all that shit sticks between my teeth anyhow ;-D

Some wheat breads taste better than others, so experiment. Stop & Shop's plain wheat bread(as opposed to "honey wheat" ot "split butter top" etc) is good and much less expensive than other brands. Arnold makes a few wheat variations (German Dark wheat, for one) that are simply bread of a different flavor w/o being full of hippie crap :-p
Aug. 31st, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Re: I hear ya
The more grain the better. Bread should be crunchy, not soft and sticky on the teeth. And have a flavour all it's own. I like the molasses 12 grain breads myself.
Aug. 31st, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Definitely try every brand your grocery has, and look at the labels. I can't say that most brown breads are just white with caramel colouring...they're not in my grocery...but a lot have only a tiny *nod* to fibre and thus aren't a lot better.

Some wheat breads are yummy. Some have icky texture and a cardboardy taste, but not all of them. Anyway, the nutrition label really needs to say that one slice has at least two grams of fibre (they often make the nutrition for two slices, so four, then) to make it worthwhile. I mean, you can make your own standard of what makes it worthwhile but if you really like white and don't like brown then I don't think the brown having .3 grams more whole grain/fibre in it would make me switch.

I have not yet had a homemade wheat bread that I like, though. I'd like to find one, because homemade breads have such an awesome fresh taste and texture.
Aug. 31st, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
PS: Awesome. I think you'll find a LOT of people prefer white, but you really do get used to brown, and you can feel a bit smug (as long as you don't wave any signs in people's faces, lol, they tend to get tetchy) because you're showing more fortitude in doing a good thing for your health than a lot of people ever bother to do, these days.

It really IS better to find the brand you like best among the good ones, though. Don't suffer with unnecessarily crappy brown bread :)

Turkey IS a difficult rhyme.
Aug. 31st, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)

none of which really fit in this subject!
Aug. 31st, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
That's not really very many rhymes, though...especially considering how unlikely those words are to fit into the average poem. :)
Sep. 1st, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Definitely not!
Aug. 31st, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Sorry sweetheart.

Aug. 31st, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, btw...I actually basically don't eat bread at all. I switched, when I need a sandwich or something, to these really delicious, soft-textured wheat pitas. They're absolutely glorious with hummus, too, and can be turned into personal pizzas with some sauce and toppings. I honestly love the taste and texture of them. I think they're by...Dempsters. Which is likely Canadian. They do a nice wheat bread too but I prefer the pitas. (I would prefer a slightly lower overall carb intake than I usually have...everything is carbs!...and the pitas help that a bit, plus they're the yummiest.)
Aug. 31st, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Processed, commercially available wheat bread is every bit as nasty as processed, commercially available white bread, in my opinion. On the other hand, fresh-baked artisan/bakery breads are awesome...especially the wheat/whole grain versions. Pannera's sells this loaf of what they call "white wheat",it's whole wheat bread but soft & fine-textured like white. Tastes like heaven, & no preservatives. I buy a thin-sliced loaf once a week.

So, my advice is to buy something fresh-baked from a bakery. Worth the money and twice as good for you. ^_^
Aug. 31st, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)

The problem is, it isn't widely available. I can't get it at all, here.

Until I can get a good homemade whole wheat bread recipe for home, I'm gonna settle for Dempsters 100% whole wheat if I have to have bread. (Mostly I'd rather use a wheat pita or tortilla.) It is made much the same as white bread...other than the 'whole grain wheat flour' listed as the first ingredient...but it's still better than white, as at least it has some fibre and lessens blood sugar spiking.
Aug. 31st, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Try Stop&Shop's "12 grain bread" -- nice & fluffy but with other whole grains mixed in. It might be a good transition bread. Tastes really good as toast.

But of course I'm biased...because I can't have bread at all anymore, I miss it like crazy.
Aug. 31st, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, and try oat-bread too. Fiber like oatmeal, but whiter&lighter&fluffier. Without those bits of hippies getting stuck in your teeth. ;)
Aug. 31st, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
This from a baker.

I'll try to get you the super easy recipe I have. No kneading. Just a LONG proof and you bake it in a dutch oven. It's really good. I think there is a whole wheat version. I'll check the recipe book tonight.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
I've been eating whole grain bread for years now. I'll give you a list of some I think are very good and not junky.
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