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Bread is Not Harmful but Vital, Say Nutritionists

Update Date: Sep 15, 2012 04:09 AM EDT

Rubbishing years of old claims of ills caused by the consumption of bread, nutritionists from the British Nutrition Foundation warn people that those who have abstained from what was the staple food of Britain once upon a time, are missing out on essential vitamins.

Claims of harm caused by consumption of bread have been around for more than 20 years now and in the last few years, bread has become a food product to be resisted and avoided.

However, nutrition scientists from Britain, dismissed the warnings, saying that such claims are nothing but myths and that each loaf contains minerals and vitamins that people should not be missing out on.

Bread has been believed to cause a range of ill effects like fatigue, stomach pain, bloating and headaches.

Lead researcher Dr Aine O'Connor points out that in spite of such massive cut down in the consumption of bread, obesity still persists in Britain and is indeed the biggest crisis in Europe and continues to get worse, Mail Online reports.

According to her, sliced white bread has been particularly targeted and 'demonized' by health campaigners and TV nutrition shows.

O'Connor further added that there has not been a rise in wheat allergy, but many people are wrongly convinced that they suffer from wheat intolerance.

"Health professionals need to dispel the myths," she told The Sun. "Bread is an important source of nutrition."

Sales of bread have been affected since the 1970s and in 2010, a survey by the University of Portsmouth revealed that 1 out of 5 British people thought they are allergic to some food or the other and most of them apparently pointed at wheat.

However, in spite of such claims and beliefs, bread is the food people crave the most, the report said.

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