Women cut back on bread

SO MUCH for "give us this day our daily bread".

A majority of Queensland women strongly believe that bread causes weight gain and try to avoid it when dieting, a recent national survey shows.

Although more than half the women surveyed in the Bakers Delight-commissioned survey say they eat bread on a daily basis, 23% say they have an issue with eating bread, and 41% don't eat bread when they're dieting.

The survey reports that although two-thirds of mothers think of bread as an important part of a diet, 15% limit the amount of bread their children eat in an effort to monitor their weight.

Bakers Delight franchisee Ryan Kirkham, who owns bakeries in Kawana and Maroochydore, says he has noticed a healthier trend in purchases of late.

"It does vary between the two bakeries (but) in the past 12 months, we have seen an increase in our customers looking for healthier-type breads to suit their lifestyle diet," he said.

"A lot of people are asking more questions about what bread is right for them.

"We have seen a big difference in customers asking: 'What is low GI good for?'"

Sunshine Coast-based dietitian Tim Black, of Access Allied Health, believes individuals should find a daily diet that is sustainable and practical while also meeting their nutritional requirements.

"At the end of the day, if we eat more than our body can handle, that's going to lead to weight gain.

"I wouldn't say it's essential, but bread does fit within a normal healthy part of a diet. It is a major source of fibre and energy.

"We don't need to cut out bread to lose weight, but people generally do tend to over consume it, so there's something to be said about cutting back."

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