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Nothing, unless you eat too much of it. Bread is good. Well, some bread is better than others. Eat whole grain bread instead of white bread. Eat bread made from lean doughs instead of brioche or Portuguese sweetbread, except as an occasional treat. Eat artisanal bread from the bakery instead of that stuff that comes in plastic bags from the supermarket, loaded with added fat and sugar, replenished with chemical versions of the vitamins and minerals removed by the refining process, and preserved up the wazoo to keep it fresh for weeks or months in your fridge.
For much of history, much of humankind lived on bread. Three to five thousand calories a day of it, plus everything they could fit into a soup pot. Of course, they also spent most of their time doing hard physical labor, so they didn’t get fat. A slice of toast in the morning, with some butter or mashed avocado, or a poached egg, even a fried one and a slice of bacon, isn’t going to make you unhealthy. Three slices of bread may, if you spend the rest of your day typing on your laptop or playing games on your phone. Or sitting behind a desk in an office.
So eat your bread. Toast it. Top it with something tasty. Then take the dog for a walk, ride your bike, do some yard work, jog around the block a few times, or go to the gym. Do 30 minutes of housework a day. Play tennis or handball or basketball. Walk up the steps instead of using the escalator or elevator.
Eating a little bread everyday won’t do anything but nourish you, as it has done for millions of people for thousands of years. Eating a lot of bread may put on the pounds, depending on what else you’re eating and how much exercise you get.
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