While waiting in line to pay for my groceries, I overheard 2 ladies discussing their diet. One lady said that because she wanted to lose weight, she switched to eating bread instead of rice.

So is bread really better than rice?………..

Bread and rice are both sources of carbohydrates. Once eaten and digested, they are both converted to sugar (or glucose) in the body. When eaten inappropriately, both of them can lead to weight gain and when eaten appropriately, either of them may result to weight loss.

Eating bread per se or simply switching from rice to bread will not cause anybody to lose weight. Weight loss will only result when the total number of calories consumed (regardless of the source of calories, whether carbohydrates, simple sugars, protein or fats) is less than the total amount of calories burned by the body.

If you were previously eating the following for dinner: one half cup of rice, 2 pcs of fried chicken and one half cup of vegetables, simply changing the rice to bread but maintaining the rest of the meal might not cause you to lose weight. However, if you stop eating the fried chicken as well and switch to bread and maintain the vegetables, there is a chance that you might lose weight (that is, if you don’t add to the total amount of snacking you do in-between meals). But if you switch to bread and felt that the bread needs butter and at the same time you don’t eliminate the fried chicken or reduce its quantity, then you are simply adding more calories to the rice by using butter. You are more likely to gain weight.

Another important thing to remember is quantity. One half cup of rice is approximately equivalent to 2 slices of the “tasty” bread. So if you switch from ½ cup rice to 4 pcs of bread (without butter, mayonnaise or jam), you are consuming more calories. It is also worth mentioning that in making bread, oil or shortening and sugar are added. The oil used may contain trans fats or saturated fats which are not heart friendly and the sugar added, if a lot is not good for diabetics.