The saying one size fits all is one that has been widely overused (or misused?) as matter of factly, this could only be further away from the truth. In the fashion and beauty industry respectively, we’ve observed over the seasons, fashion weeks and collections that one size does not apply to all and unfortunately, many pieces in a designer’s collection will only fit an absurd small percentage of its customers.
And the same is the case in when it comes to beauty. Just earlier this year beauty experts swore by face oils and a handful of brands were strictly selling so-called ‘beauty sleep oils’ and other dreamy sounding concoctions – all claiming that whether your skin is dry or with an oily T-zone, adding droplets of oil to your moisturizer and massaging it into your skin before bed is the ultimate step to flawless and glowing skin. Turns out, this does not apply to all either – and some of us had to learn the hard way by having to use a multitude of scrubs and exfoliators to get rid of all that oil that was filling our pores leaving our skin the enhanced version of glowing: shining.
And so with all fads and Internet dernier cris, the food and nutrition subject matter is one that leaves many of us completely mystified and clueless. Should you be embarking onto a Whole 30 or ketogenic diet, or should you sign up for an overpriced 5-day juice cleanse right before stepping into a bikini for Spring Break? Conversely, should we simply follow what a handful of celebrities are doing by going vegan right before Coachella (hi Beyonce!), or cut out nightshade vegetables as Tom Brady’s clan does?
Between all the myths, trends, and promises by nutritionists, the real question here is, where does that leave all the good stuff? Remember when we were young and being fed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches was the most normal thing to pack for school lunch? And gasp! that bread was plain white sliced bread? Where did that go sandwich go, and why is (almost) everyone only eating whole-grain, whole wheat, gluten-free or even worse, no bread at all? We took matters into our own hands and asked fellow TWC readers what their stance on bread is, what their bread of choice is, and most importantly whether plain sourdough or packaged sliced bread ever makes anymore an appearance on their breakfast, lunch or dinner plate.
The majority claim that should they indulge in actual bread, their preferred choice is gluten-free, followed closely by whole grain and whole wheat; while only a small fraction actually eat 100% white bread, such as sourdough or baguette. Did we fail to mention that most of the above mentioned ‘whole’ is frequently packed with sugars? This little known fact is what shoppers fail to see when all they think about is: whole grain = healthy. What we learned through this experiment and health crazes is to always look out for the ingredients. Forget the calories, a long list of ingredients is usually a big red flag, especially when some of those include high content of sugars and all kinds of E’s followed by numbers (for the unbeknownst those are additives, and not a good sign).
Similarly to face oils, eating bread is not necessarily unhealthy for all – as you may have already noticed, people react to foods differently. One will eat a piece of baguette every morning with a chunk of butter and not gain weight, while another person will feel stomach pains and bloating just a few minutes post-consumption. Regrettably, the bottom line that not all bodies react the same to particular foods and not one body is made the same, leaves many, especially women wondering why their friend is able to eat a burger and fries for lunch, followed by a plate of pasta for dinner with no repercussions.
Every body is made up differently and digests food individually – this not only makes us all unique but is also the beauty of it, and *thankfully* for that, one size does not fit all. This study conducted by the Weizmann Institute concluded the above mentioned fact – that it doesn’t matter what type of bread you eat, it’s about how the body reacts to it. In fact, the researcher Eran Elinav claimed in a statement related to the study that “to date, the nutritional values assigned to food have been based on minimal science, and one-size-fits-all diets have failed miserably.”
To answer the question posed above, I do believe that plain bread & butter are making a comeback. As for all good and delicious things, consume in moderation, and remember that just because you’ve had half of a baguette with salted butter, all the effort from the gym and balanced eating hasn’t vanished. In fact, consuming this combination should be seen as a reward for all your hard work. As for butter in particular, don’t forget the foods whose taste is remarkably enhanced through the addition of butter: pasta cacio e pepe, baguette, anything pan-fried, and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Happy eating and meet us in the comments section below to tell us what you last smeared on your piece of bread!
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