Wheat Bread Vs White

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Lady Frog
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   Posted 9/1/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hubby decided he needed to go on a diet and one of the first things he did was switch from white bread to wheat. Not whole grain just plain old wheat. Since I am trying to be supportive I am trying this diet thing with him. Within my limits of course. It took only two days for me to see a difference with the wheat bread. Granted I was C for a the past few weeks but I didn't expect it to make that much of a difference. I know that just switching the kind of bread I eat isn't going to make all my problems go away. But is the simple wheat bread going to make enough of a difference to make the switch( for me anyways) a permanent thing? I know that my problems are not going to go away but if this helps even out the extremes then I'm all for it. This past week that's the only thing that has changed in my diet so I know that this is what could be causing the nice changes. Anyone else have good experiences with wheat bread?

Marsky
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   Posted 9/1/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it would depend on each individual. Prior to my cancer/colon resection all I ate was whole wheat bread (Brownberry brand)! Fresh fruit, produce, fish, etc. And I still got cancer. But if you're asking if whole wheat will help you with your IBS/C symptoms, I would say it can't hurt. If you're experiencing C, then added fiber is what doctors recommend.

I struggle with IBS/D so I only eat white bread now. Sometimes I miss the wholesome taste of whole wheat bread, especially warm from the oven, sliced and with butter or olive oil. But the times I have thrown caution to the wind and eaten it (and I mean real whole wheat bread, the type you find in trendy deli's), I pay for it.

My husband needs whole wheat so we usually have 2 loaves. One for him, one for me. And by the end of the week, we usually pitch half of them, they're so stale. He doesn't like his bread kept in the freezer (as my mom does). I wish they'd make very small loaves of bread!

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Sarita
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   Posted 9/1/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
If it's real whole grain wheat bread, that'll definitely help out with the C issues. I grew up on wheat bread and could never make the switch to white, no matter how bad my diarrhea gets...I am just not a big fan.

Bring on the fiber, the stuff is good for almost everyone!
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pb4
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   Posted 9/1/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Daily fibre and probiotics along with regular exercise are 3 key things to aid with helping control IBS...white bread is garbage, full of processed garbage/sugar and has no nutritional benefit...infact, white bread daily can cause constipation for even healthy people.

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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 9/1/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Orowheat does make a smaller loaf of bread now. A little bigger than half. I love heavy wheat breads but when I was having my IBS problems my Doctor said White everything. I love the Orowheat flax and omega 3 bread and the Double fiber and it really helps with the Constipation and doesn't seem to be bothering my stomach.

Lady Frog
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   Posted 9/1/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I tend to be both C and D so I guess it can only help then. I did notice that if I have whole grain bread then I do pay for it. But the stuff my local grocery store calls split top wheat isn't as heavy as whole grain. Hubby and I grew up with white everything and it shows I think. He doesn't have serious problems but that's the reason for the change in diet. We're trying to avoid them. I'm going to have gut problems no matter what and since it seems to help with other's C problems I think that it's here to stay.

Marsky
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   Posted 9/1/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
White foods are my best friends. When you are having D, anything close to whole wheat wreaks havoc on my system. I have been eating this way for 9 years now and so far, cancer has not returned and I am as healthy as I can be. Even my doctors say to enjoy life as much as possible (meaning, eat what foods give me the least D and keep me out of the bathroom).

I never thought I'd be eating this way though. It's just a good thing I like plain food and was never a fan of spicy foods!

I do miss the taste of whole wheat bread, bagels, english muffins, bran muffins, etc.

But there's just no way I'd chance it.

I do however buy it for my family, along with lots of fresh produce, fresh fish, yogurt, pomegrante juice, etc.

But for someone with IBS/C, I would think whole wheat bread, bran muffins, whole wheat pancakes, food sprinkled with wheat germs are all excellent ideas!

pb4
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   Posted 9/1/2008 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, Fibre actually aids with both C &/or D, it's just a matter of finding the right amount for your system and especially with fibre supplementation, always start with the smallest amount and increase slowly and if necessary...important to drink plenty of water via supplements or food, water helps flush toxins out of the body and for those with C it can definitely help move things along, those with D, water keeps you from getting dehydrated.

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FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/4/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Lady frog - I post on crohns but went through a similar change last year. My husband went on south beach and he is the family cook. I thought I would just die from eating less whites and more veggies and whole grains. I amazingly felt great on the diet. Since I have had to make some modifications. I can do high fiber bread and some kashi cereal but the kashi cookies while SO YUMMY make my belly hurt from all the grains and fiber, as do some of the Kashi crackers. So try the new foods a couple at a time and only stick with the ones you can handle.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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