So How Much White Bread Is Too Much?

Each American eats about 53 pounds of bread a year

So How Much White Bread Is Too Much?

Each American eats about 53 pounds of bread a year. The hundreds of millions of bagels, tortillas, and croissants that Americans eat are nothing but refined white flour — stripped of nutrients and fiber and turned into a glucose-boosting, heart-clogging unhealthy choice. While some people may reach for packages with "whole grain" on the label, very few products are actually 100% whole grain.

A new study published in The BMJ shows that eating seven servings a day of refined grain, like those in croissants and white bread, is associated with a 27% greater risk for early death, 33% greater risk for heart disease and 47% greater risk for stroke.

It's easy to eat more than seven servings! That equals a big bagel (around five to six servings in a 5- to 6-ounce bagel) at breakfast and two hearty slices of white bread on a sandwich at lunch. So opt for 100% whole grains. You can cook 'em up with this easy and delicious recipe below.

Whole Grain Pasta & Pumpkin Bake

Put than can of pumpkin to use with this creamy and delicious recipe.

Have you ever gotten to the last little bit of a vegetable or fruit and thought they only thing left to do was toss it? Or maybe you didn't get to one before it looked like it should be thrown out? Well there's no need to create more food waste! Here are two foods you can regrow right at home instead of throwing out.

Leftover Ginger

  1. Fill a bowl or cup with water and place your bit of ginger root inside.
  2. After a few weeks, watch for little sprouts to form.
  3. At this point, transfer the ginger to some potted soil. Give it plenty of space and moisture.
  4. After a few weeks, harvest your new ginger root!

Sprouted Potato

  1. Note where the sprouts (or eyes) are on the potato. Cut it in half so there are sprouts on both halves.
  2. Let the halves dry out overnight on a paper towel.
  3. Plant the dried potato halves in soil, cut side down.
  4. Small potatoes will be ready to harvest in about 10 weeks, while larger potatoes will be ready in about three to four months.

There's no need for food waste here when you know the tips and tricks to use up all your food at home. And click here to see which foods you can keep past the Sell By date!