“Refined wheat, aka white flour, contains no nutrients and leaves your body hungrier than when you sat down to eat,” says Dr. Marizelle Arce, a naturopathic physician. You probably think that you’re avoiding white flour and only eating the healthy stuff. That’s what we thought. It’s time to really pay attention to food labels. Bread is not healthful if it has less than 4 grams of fiber. Just because a food is described as “whole wheat” or “seven-grain” doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Any food that lists “wheat flour” or “unbleached enriched flour” is pure weight gain promoting junk. “These empty calorie carbs will cause the next meal you have to be stored and turn into fat,” says Dr. Arce. Then comes the sugar imbalance that leads to cravings (mostly of more sugar!), extreme thirst and water retention.
Bagels, too? Yes. They’re just puffy white bread– even the whole-wheat variety. “Eating a bagel actually makes you hungrier because there is nothing in it to fill you up,” says Stacy Goldberg, a nutritionist at savorfull. “And the calorie count in a bagel is astronomical!” The same goes for gluten-free bread. “Unless you have a gluten intolerance, there is no reason to substitute foods for their gluten counterparts,” says Alix Turoff, a New York City nutritionist and trainer. GF versions of your fave bready products are always higher in calories and carbs than the original versions. “If you’re going gluten free and cutting out all processed food, that’s a different story,” she says, “but don’t be fooled by foods that sound healthy just because they’re ‘gluten-free’.”