“The whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead.”
– Catchy slogan
Is bread bad for you?
When I started lifting weights I treated dieting advice like scripture.
I’d eat a bunch of different meals throughout the day, I think eight in total, and avoid all kinds of “bad” food. At one point I even went out to eat and only had cottage cheese.
Bread, milk, and sugar was avoided at all costs. Nutrition books said they would hurt my gains and I believed it. As a result I ate a specialized diet that was expensive to follow and annoyed everyone around me. I had become a fitness dork.
Despite not being big, or experienced in the gym, I knew it all. Nobody in peak physical condition ever ate a slice of bread. It wouldn’t be possible. Big guys only had skinless chicken breasts for lunch. Nothing else could provide them with the nutrients that they needed.
Getting older I realized that this was stupid.
Alexander Karelin, one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, ate everything in sight. In 1991 he even conducted an interview with Sports Illustrated “over a meal of pizza (nine slices) and apple juice (six large glasses).” All that gluten didn’t seem to hurt his career.
There’s poison everywhere
Eating a sandwich after squats or having a big glass of milk won’t kill you. It probably won’t do any damage compared to most of the substances that you’re consuming. Even a tall glass of water contains harmful elements. As noted on WebMD:
“Tiny amounts of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, hormones, mood stabilizers, and other drugs — are in our drinking water supplies.”
Additionally, food wasn’t any safer or better back in the “good old days.” In 1906 the infamous Neill-Reynolds report, which lead to the creation of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, found that slaughterhouses had zero safety standards. Any sickly animal could be chopped up in unsanitary conditions and then sent to your dinner table.
Gluten and Paleo sanctioned foods should be the least of your concerns. If you’re drinking water filled with antidepressants a burger and milkshake isn’t going to ruin you.
People should be more concerned with actual health issues, like what’s in their water, than imaginary problems involving the advice of some guru.