It is getting colder outside. Perfect time to bake! Talking about bread, one of the best recipes for this fall is definitely potato bread. Not only does it has an amazing taste but it is healthy as well. Potato bread, as the name is implying, is whole wheat bread flavored with cooked potatoes. To make you understand why I am saying, that potato bread has distinct health benefits, let us talk about its ingredients.
Why potato bread is healthy
First of all there is whole wheat flour. Now, where is the difference between whole wheat flour and regular wheat flour? Unlike whole wheat flour, wheat flour is made out of husked grain. Sadly you loose all the vitamins and minerals by husking the grain. Another very important aspect is, that whole wheat flour contains a higher amount of complex carbohydrates. We will dig deeper on complex carbohydrates, when we have finished talking about our second ingredient of potato bread, potatoes.
Potatoes itself have the same advantage as whole wheat flour. Potatoes are pure starch. And starch is a complex carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are sugar, but there are different qualities. Simple sugar and complex sugar. While simple sugar is easy to digest, complex sugar needs time to be processed by your body. The latter is a bonus of whole wheat breads like potato bread. You have to understand that, the easier sugar is available for your body, the more damage it does to you. I am going to explain, why this is the case. To digest sugar, your body does release insulin. Insulin regulates the amount of sugar in your blood. If it is too much, insulin will be released to lower your blood sugar level. The more simple sugar you have eaten, the higher your blood sugar level will be, and the more insulin will need to be released.
The problem and its solution due to potato bread
Insulin itself is not the problem. The problem is, that the level of sugar in your blood will rise and fall drastically. This effect is the reason why you need (you really want) even more sugar after you have eaten it. That fact is the problem, why most people gain too much weight. What do we do with this knowledge? Right, we are looking for food that contain a huge amount of complex carbohydrates. We already have learned, that complex carbohydrates need to be broken into simple sugar first. This results in a slower release of sugar in your blood and a more flat insulin level. It sounds easy, actually is easy and it is so helpful for everybody.
Whole wheat bread is my first choice on this topic. But you can improve its healthy effect. If you are adding cooked potatoes to this bread, you have a real complex carbohydrate monster. You would not have to eat that much, which is good for everybody counting calories. But you would not be as hungry and that often as you were used to anyways, because you have put more complex carbohydrates to your nutrition plan.