+ If you are using wheat bread, it absolutely must be quality sourdough.
+ Gluten is bad for everyone, whether you are coeliac or not. Avoid bread.
+ Our bodies aren’t designed to digest grains, which means traditional bread is out.
+ Sandwiches aren’t a nutritious choice for children and should be given sparingly.
+ Children should eat freshly-ground whole grain bread, as it is the most nutritious.
+ Wheat should not be given to children under 12 months.
+ Small children cannot handle nutrient-dense multigrain bread, and should eat good quality white bread until they are seven years old (in fact, avoid all wholegrains for children). They cannot process such heavy ingredients well.
+ Bread should ideally be made from sprouted grain.
+ Bread ingredients should be soaked for optimum digestion.
I give up.
The more I read, the more annoyed I get. I’ve been interested in nutrition for a long time, mostly because I’ve been interested in food and cooking. I used to copy down advice from magazines in the ’80s that told me avocado was good for my face, and egg was good for my hair. But then the internet was invented, and suddenly information was everywhere. Nutrition information changes, not everyone reads all the data from all the research, and sometimes the information that gets to me is pretty one-sided. For a person who looks at everything critically, with an open mind, and with a pinch of salt, it appears that everything contradicts itself. But hot damn are people passionate about food, nutrition, and what they eat! So, it’s getting harder and harder to avoid.
I went through a phase where I couldn’t bear to read one more piece of information regarding food, nutrition, and diet. I unfollowed every nutritionist on instagram, every dietitian’s facebook page, unsubscribed from every health and wellness blogger I’d ever subscribed to. I needed to get away from it all and recalibrate. Probably with a cookie. Out of a box. I’m extremely fortunate that we can all eat whatever we want here and we have no weight or food issues, allergies, or intolerances. I bet those of you who do are super-grateful for the information people make available to you in your situation. All I feel is overwhelm (and slight annoyance).
But it kept coming. Blogs I loved for one reason slowly turned into paeans to paleo. People everywhere started flooding my feed with pictures of their green smoothies. Some went on outright rages against sandwiches, mummy blogs warned against the incorrectness of the food pyramid, and every single person on planet earth with a blog was suddenly sugar-free. Or so it seemed.
I am not pointing my avocado at you. I don’t even have any avocados. Apparently they are a “damp” food in Chinese medicine, and should be avoided.
I appear to not digest modern nutrition information well, pre-soaked or not. Time to go info-free.