Purple bread is the newest super-food

Purple bread is the newest super-food

Bread has been under attack for decades as nutrition experts have informed the public that white bread spikes blood sugar levels and has been linked to obesity, but a new bread could be the answer for all the healthy eaters.

If you are looking for a snack with a vibrant color, this might be your next option.

A food scientist at the National University of Singapore, Professor Zhou Weibiao, invented a purple bread that is digested 20 percent slower than normal white bread. The new bread is rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants, and is made entirely of natural compounds.

The purple bread was created when Weibiao extracted anthocyanins from black rice and infused it to his bread, giving the bread greater antioxidant qualities. According to Weibiao, the challenge was to create a new formula of bread without changing the smooth texture of white bread that people enjoy.

While tasting the same as the white varieties, the purple bread is rich in iron and Vitamin E, containing more antioxidants than blueberries.

The best part of it is that 80 percent of antioxidant qualities are still preserved in crumbs and bread crust when baked at 200 degrees Celsius, Weibiao said.

The problem with white bread is that it is rapidly digestible, and people often eat more than they should. Purple bread in the other hand, tends to help people eat less because of its filling components and it also helps the body release energy slower, using less calories over a longer period of time.

According to the US National Library of Medicine, anthocyanin pigments have showed the ability to protect against a series of human diseases. Studies have shown that anthocyanins can help prevent cardiovascular and neurological diseases, and also help control obesity and diabetes.
Anthocyanins are members of a group of phytochemicals found in teas, honey, wines, fruits, vegetables, olive oil and cereals.
While the purple bread is still not available to consume, Weibiao has been approached by food manufactures to bring the product to display.
Some people in the food industry were also interested to try to infuse anthocyanins in chocolate, but according to Weibiao it would not have the same reaction due to different starches found in chocolate.

When it comes to calories, however, the purple bread has the same nutrition value as a white bread if one eats the same amount of starch and wheat flour. So even though the purple bread has incredible benefits to the body and is healthier than a white bread, it’s important to double check the amount of food consumed when trying to maintain a certain weight.

For those with gluten allergies, this purple bread will satisfy the need to eat bread while not harming a sensitive stomach.

Furthermore, it is believed that the purple bread could be the first super-food for the baking world.

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