Is Bread Good For The Brain?

I love my bread, especially dowsed with seeds and oats but is bread good for the brain? I set out to find out if my much-loved sustenance was impacting or improving my brain health.

Let me start by saying this is an article based on research and studies I have found, and to my surprise, the bad rap bread has been getting over the past years is unwarranted unless you have a disease like Celiac Disease or Crohns.

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When it comes to my mental health, I try everything to improve it, and the thought of ditching bread filled my senses with horror as I live off of sandwiches, and I thought I would have to go gluten-free. Thankfully from what I have discovered, there is no “bread head” for the average person; in fact, we have been eating bread since we first started growing wheat. And we have been to the moon and back.

This gluten-free is just a fad, in my opinion, unless you have medical issues which require you to eat non-gluten products. Also, gluten-free products are so heavily processed that I’m sure they are as unhealthy as junk food. Have you ever read the ingredients label on a gluten-free product?

So Is Bread Good For the Brain?

Yes, providing you choose the sumptuousness of wholegrain and like I said if it is covered in seeds, it is even better for you.

If you don’t believe me, and still feel gluten is impacting your brain function then this study may help:

 long-term gluten intake was not associated with cognitive scores in middle-aged women without celiac disease. Our results do not support recommendations to restrict dietary gluten to maintain cognitive function in the absence of celiac disease or established gluten sensitivity.

JAMA Network

They undertook a study over two decades of middle-aged women who ate bread and did not need dietary restrictions for stomach health. They could find no correlation between bread and brain ill health.

In my mind, the question of is bread good for the brain is answered, but I’ll go further and show you how it is a vital component of our daily dietary intake.

What is so Good About Bread?

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For one thing, it fills you up, and it tastes good, plus you can make sandwiches with it, and I do love a sarnie. But not only that, the number of vitamins and nutrients within the bread itself will aid your brain rather than have a negative impact.

Here are all the nutrients you get in bread.

  • Thiamin is good for metabolism and plays a key role in nerves, muscles and heart function.
  • Riboflavin is good for storing energy in muscles.
  • Niacin is good for boosting brain function, lower cholesterol and easing arthritis.
  • Folate is good for making healthy red blood cells; lack of it causes anaemia, leading to depression.
  • Iron, much like folate, is vital for blood and is also needed to make some hormones.
  • Magnesium is good for regulating muscle and nerve function, blood pressure, and making protein.
  • Selenium is good for staving off mental decline, boosts your immune system and is good for thyroid health.

That list is without the benefits of seeds on top, which I have covered in other food articles relating to mental health. So the answer to is bread good for the brain? Is a resounding yes.

This makes me happy as I no longer have to ditch my beloved sandwiches. Unless you suffer from a condition that requires you to avoid gluten, there is nothing wrong with eating a wholegrain chicken sandwich to boost your brain function and serotonin levels.

When someone says they can’t eat bread because it is bad for the brain, you now have research to back up your choice of meal. You will save money, too, as it is much cheaper to eat wholegrain bread than buying the heavily processed gluten-free varieties. I have tried them in the past and found them most unpleasant, not suitable for a regal sandwich.

Eating bread is a small pleasure in life, especially if you get to the bakers early and smell the delicious aromas of the loaves coming out of the oven. Or even baking your own bread will help improve your mental health as you will know exactly what you are putting into it.

If you have any comments please leave below and I hope I have helped remove any stigma over the bread question.

Peace & Blessings


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Lou Farrell

Welcome to the mental health blog of Lou Farrell. I am a writer and copywriter who pens all manner of articles relating to mental wellness and mental illness. I write about my own experiences and the knowledge I have gained over the years as someone who has bipolar disorder. I hope you enjoy the website :-)

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2 Responses

  1. Richie says:

    Oh Lou you’ve made my day! 🙂

    I love bread and get really fed up with the anti-bread brigade and their gluten-free this and gluten-free that. If you have a condition that necessitates you avoiding gluten then obviously it makes sense to do that – but don’t do it just because its the latest thing.

    Long live the loaf!!

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