This is the kind of news we like to hear! Bread gets a pretty bad rap in many modern diets for being high in carbohydrates and low in nutrients, as well as its gluten content, which can cause issues for those with allergies and intolerances.
Despite all of this, a new study suggests that bread may be being unfairly judged, and that eating it may actually help you live longer.
The US study, published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal, looked at whether an association between dietary protein choice and mortality exists.
Researchers looked at data from 416,104 men and women over a 16-year period and found that greater intake of plant protein (including pasta and bread) was significantly associated with lower overall mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality independent of several other risk factors.
On average, 15 per cent of the participant’s daily energy intake came from protein sources, with 40 per cent of this derived from plants and 60 per from animals (think meat and dairy.)
They found that plant protein in particular resulted in a lower mortality rate from all causes, especially cardiovascular disease.
Simply swapping eggs for foods containing plant protein lead to a 24 per cent lower risk of death in men and 21 per cent in women. When meat was subbed out, this risk dropped to 13 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.
The researchers say the findings prove just how huge a role diet plays in our health and overall lifespan. We’re all for eating more bread!