Bread, considered as one of the world’s most oldest type of foods, has been evolving in many ways up to now. The rising number of bakers and the never-ending transformation of bread recipes prove this. The smallest details to the intangible aspects of bread have also become considerations for better baking results. Baking has become an art, most would say, and I would probably agree due to the diversity of all the possible baked goods one can make.
Just like any other person, I’m sure you too are also fond of fresh baked bread and have your own preferences as well. If you have, which among the two most common types of bread are you fond of – yeast bread or flatbread? To some, it has no bearing at all as long as they are satisfied with the taste. However, your bread preferences should really be thought of, especially to those people who have relevant diet restrictions that may affect their health.
Yeast bread, otherwise known as leavened bread, contains baking yeast while flatbread or unleavened bread has no leavening agent. This is the main difference between the two as most of their other ingredients are generally the same and both provide similar nutrition. But the outcome depends on the added ingredients in a particular recipe too. So the issue here all boils down to the bread’s impact on your health.
There are people who develop food allergies particularly to the yeast used in baking. And in case you have such, you don’t want to trigger it by eating yeast bread, right? So it’s just fitting for you to go for flatbread instead.
Another factor to consider is the bread’s sugar content. If you have diabetes, buying yeast bread from bakeries is not a good idea as most of the time they offer the sugary ones, although not all products will be the same. Sometimes, some commercial yeast breads will be labeled as sugar free but the fact remains that it still has some sugar content. On the other hand, flatbread has absolutely no table sugar but only flour, oil, and water, making it more advisable for diabetic people.
Religious observance is another reason why some people prefer flatbread over yeast bread, although only on rare occasions. So if you’re not allergic to yeast or if you’re not diabetic but you are observing religious ceremonies, it’s just fine to opt for flatbread once in a while. Anyway, you can still eat yeast bread right after the religious observance if you want to.
Both yeast bread and flatbread contain B vitamins and iron. If you are on a diet and part of your scheme is to eat fibrous foods as per physician’s counsel or fitness trainer’s advice, then whole-wheat flatbread is just right for you as it has more fiber than that of the whole-wheat yeast bread.
People with yeast infections or candida albicans infections are also advised to avoid eating foods with baker’s yeast. This is because a candida-fighting diet prohibits the consumption of foods containing yeast such as yeast bread. Flatbread is sufficient enough if it’s hard for you to resist the temptation of eating bread. In any case, consult your physician.
While it’s good to satisfy your taste buds with the delicious yeast breads, you need to consider also the possible health complications. However, for those with diet restrictions, good news is, it doesn’t mean that you are absolutely not allowed to eat yeast bread. In fact, moderate consumption won’t do you any harm.