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Why should I eat bread before meals as a teen?

Daphne Oz
Health Education
You may have thought you were doing yourself a service by asking the waiter to take away the basket of steaming, fresh-from-the-oven bread before it even touched the table. But studies prove that if you indulge in a small piece of whole wheat or whole grain bread dipped in some good fat (such as olive oil), rather than slathered with butter, before the meal you are less likely to overeat and will consume fewer total calories than if you had not eaten the bread. This is because it takes some time for your body to realize that you are eating and it is becoming full, so the more spaced out you can make your meal (e.g., having a piece of bread twenty minutes before your meal arrives, or even eating a piece of fruit on your way to the restaurant), the more likely your body is to recognize that it is becoming full and keep you from overeating. So, stop denying yourself that unsinful pleasure and have a piece.
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