Is bread bad for health?

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Brouns, F., Geisslitz, S. and Shewry, P. R. 2022. Is bread bad for health? Journal of Cereal Science. 105, p. 103447.

AuthorsBrouns, F., Geisslitz, S. and Shewry, P. R.

During recent years there have been several parallel trends in popular books and social media suggesting that the consumption of bread made from ‘modern bread wheat’ is bad for health: a) bread contains gluten exorphins which cause the ever-increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity, b) due to intensive breeding and selection, modern bread wheat has an increased gluten content, c) ancient wheats are healthier because they contain less gluten. These messages have led to increasing public concern about the safety of eating bread and other gluten-containing foods and to the promotion of a gluten-free diet as a basis for better health. Here we discuss these concerns.

KeywordsBread; Gluten; Wheat; Ancient grains; Sensitivity; Body weight; Celiac disease
Year of Publication2022
JournalJournal of Cereal Science
Journal citation105, p. 103447
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeDFW - Designing Future Wheat - Work package 2 (WP2) - Added value and resilience
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online16 Mar 2022
Publication process dates
Accepted03 Mar 2022
PublisherAcademic Press Ltd- Elsevier Science Ltd

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