The Bread of our Fathers

You read about stories in Biblical times about bread. In Luke 22:19 Jesus while breaking bread says “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Stories about bread are told all over the world. In Russia, songs proverbs and stories center around bread. Even today, valued guests are greeted with a ceremony called bread and salt. Women in traditional wear present a loaf of bread and salt on a towel as an offering that reflects their hard work and labor. Bread form an integral part of the diet of most people world over, even today. So were our fathers just wrong in introducing us to bread?

Whole grains including grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds have anti-nutrients. These anti-nutrients prevent the absorption of minerals in your body. Also, the manner in which they are grown, the soil conditions, exposure to pesticides and their self-defense against being grazed play an essential role in the quality of the grain. If that is not enough, your body does not produce enzymes that break down the phytic acid in grains. Therefore, the manner in which you eat grain matters.

Grain, discovered about 10,000 years ago was found in the wild and then tamed. Grown in natural conditions, bereft of genetic modification, adaptation and cross-breeding the grains back then were very different. Young women would slave for days and weeks to sprout the grain and leaven the dough. The ovens were specially prepared for just the right temperature. In many cultures, it was even forbidden to curse during the preparation of bread, lest the bread spoil. The process of sprouting grains, fermenting grains and leavening the dough made the grains and their produce safe for human consumption.

The bread that Jesus broke does not resemble anything that we eat today. Therefore, when your nutritionist asks you to eat bread, ask yourself what are you eating?


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.