Heart Disease and White Bread

As some of you know, my husband recently had a heart attack, and a stent was put into his left coronary artery (aka “the widow maker”) to open a 100% blockage.  We are beyond thankful for access to quick, skilled, and lifesaving medical care.

While in the hospital, I observed his daily meals. With most meals, he got some form of white bread or rice.  He was told to eat a low-fat, low-sodium diet, with no recommendations about his sugar intake.  Sodas and candy were considered fine as long as they were low in sodium and saturated fat.

What I’ve learned is that refined sugar can quickly increase blood sugar levels and create inflammation in the body.  Inflammation can contribute to increased triglycerides.  High triglycerides (fats in the blood) can contribute to heart disease.  White bread is mostly starch, along with added sugar, with high-fructose corn syrup being the most common.

White bread and white rice have had the fiber removed.  Fiber helps slow the rise in blood sugar (not to mention that it helps to reduce the absorption of toxins and unhealthy fats that contribute to inflammation).  Removing the fiber and adding sugar creates a recipe for inflammation!  Artificial sweeteners like sucralose and aspartame can also interfere with blood sugar regulation and cause inflammation.

Besides fiber, other heart-healthy nutrients, including vitamin E, are refined out of white bread.

To make bread white, chlorine oxide is used to bleach it.  This chemical is dangerous when inhaled!  Do you really want to eat bread that’s been bleached?  Toxic chemicals can cause inflammation, which can lead to arterial damage.  Check the ingredients label and buy “unbleached” flour.

Another additive to look for on the ingredients label of packaged breads:  azodicarbonamide.  When you can’t pronounce something on the label, it’s probably best if you don’t eat or drink it.  This toxic chemical is banned in both Europe and Australia.  It can disrupt hormone regulation, weaken the immune system, and trigger asthma symptoms.  Even some whole-grain breads contain this ingredient.

My personal favorites are sprouted grain products from Food for Life.  They come in assorted varieties, including sesame seed, raisin, English muffins, and tortillas.

Action steps:

Go read the labels on your bread and other grain products.

Always read the ingredients on packaged foods and drinks before you buy them.

Look for 100% whole-grain on the label.  The word “wheat” without the word “whole” in front of it means refined or “white”.

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Consultant

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”





This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.  It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.


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