Bread lovers, take note! You might experience some side effects if you stop eating bread completely. That may sound absurd while knowing how many modern health problems can be traced to gluten and baked goods. Yet science tells us that certain people can struggle with unwanted (as well as very desirable) reactions to giving up bread.
Read on to learn what some researchers and medical experts say are common symptoms of eliminating bread from the diet. Don’t worry, we’ve included some positive side effects too.
6. Loss of Energy
If you ever wondered why many athletes load up on carbs before they compete, the School of Food and Nutrition explains it’s because “carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our brains and bodies to function properly.” If you give up bread – a carbohydrate food – you could experience decreased energy.
Switching from bread to whole food sources of carbohydrates to fuel your body can lift your energy levels and benefit your health. Vegetables provide high-quality carbohydrates and essential nutrients. Or you could adopt a low-carb ketogenic diet to burn mainly fat as energy instead.
5. Mood Swings
Another advantage of eating carbs is that they can elevate your mood. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), carbohydrates trigger the release of feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin in the body. For this reason, giving up bread might give you the blues.
Mood swings are often paired with food cravings, which can get worse with lower levels of serotonin. To avoid feeling low and having to fight off the munchies, consider replacing bread with other serotonin-triggering meals like salmon (for amino acid tryptophan) with healthy carbs like leafy greens.